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Norway to link small producer in north Sri Lanka to export markets

ECONOMYNEXT – Norway is starting a project to link 2,000 families, with a third of them headed by females, in war-torn Northern Sri Lanka with private agro companies that will take their produce to export markets.

Norway will provide 11 million Norwegian Krone (Rs190 million) to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to implement the project.

"Generating sustainable livelihood and economic empowerment of conflict-affected communities is key to reconciliation and economic development of the country," Norwegian Ambassador Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther said in a statement.

Families in the north will be helped to grow, fruit, vegetables, greens and herbal products that have export potential.

In the fishery sector, the focus will also be on seafood with an eye for export.

Producer co-operatives will be set up in the areas, with ‘Fairtrade’ and ‘Sustainably’ to increase market demand.

About 60 percent of participants would be women and over 30 percent would be from female-headed households.

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