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Sunday, 19 April 2015


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Sri Lanka, an agricultural country with its fertile soil ideal for a large variety of vegetables and fruit. Though, the country produced a significant percentage of local needs, it does not have a proper mechanism in maintaining buffer stocks for future use.
Food waste is high compared to other agricultural countries and Sri Lanka does not have the know-how in preserving food. The seasonal crops which yield a bumper harvest go waste and it is a big blow to the farmer community who struggles to raise their
standard of living. Our photographer Susantha Wijegunasekera captured this scene at Oyamadu in Anuradhapura with a bumper harvest of corn. The crop was dried along the carpeted highway which was constructed at heavy cost for the Deyata Kirula exhibition by the previous government, lies abandoned and is now not for vehicular movement

'FTA not mutually beneficial'

Expert : Issues should be ironed out

There are serious issues in the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that India and Sri Lanka should iron out before phasing into other trade agreements. The FTA should be of mutual benefit to both countries which is not the case at present, Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce, Past President Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka and Past Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce, Tissa Jayaweera said.

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Agri-research should be conducted at farm-level - Experts

Sri Lanka’s export earnings from non-traditional agricultural products could be doubled from the current Rs. 4,000 million in the next two years by enhancing scientific and organised production, National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) Secretary Sarath de Silva said.

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People - friendly public transport system on the cards

The Ministry of Transport has drawn up a master plan to develop an effective and people-friendly public transport system which would provide economic benefit to the country, Transport Ministry Secretary Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan said.He said the bottom line is to promote a transport system which is environment-friendly, accessible and affordable to commuters.

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