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Sri Lanka activates tea, rubber, cococnut spice export crops amid Coranvirus curfew, hotlines given

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has given the go-ahead for tea, coconut, rubber, pepper, Cinnamon and other crop producers to resume harvesting and processing for export adhering to health regulations, a task force overseeing food production has said.

This was decided at a presidential task force meeting for essential services held at President house.

Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture said that all the activities from planting, plucking, storing, transporting and exporting will be given the permission to start under the supervision of the health authorities to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19 virus.

Tea, coconut, rubber, cashew nut, sugar cane as well export products such as cinnamon, pepper, coffee, vanilla, turmeric, ginger, beetle, nutmeg, clove, cardamom, areca catechu (beetle nut) production has given the permission to start during the curfew period.

For further information, the following numbers can be contacted:

Jayampathi Molligoda – SLTB, Chairman – 0777668088
Jayantha Edirisinghe – SLTB, Tea Commissioner – 0714491618
Jayantha Wickramasinghe – Coconut Development Authority, Chairman – 0772289444
Janaka Nimalachandra – Lanka Sugar pvt, ltd, Chairman – 0777875888
S.K.Rathnayaka – Sri Lanka Cashew Corporation, Chairman – 0773895602
Mangala Tissa – Rubber Development Dep, Director General – 0718506462
Sanjaya Mohottala – Sri Lanka Investment Board, Director General – 0777955102
Prof. Heenkenda – Department of Export Agriculture, Director General – 0718447839
Chitranjali Dissanayaka – Exports Development Board, Director – 0718071163
(Colombo/April 14/2020)

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