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Sri Lanka begins 5,000 tonne climate-controlled vegetable store

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has begun constructing a 5,000 tonnes climate controlled warehouse at the country’s main farmgate vegetable exchange in Dambulla in the central province with grant funding from India.

“During the periods when there is an excess harvest, farmers had to throw the excess harvest for elephants to eat," Minister of Economic Reforms & Public Distribution Harsha de Silva said at a ceremony to start the warehouse.

"I am glad that I have the opportunity to address this issue."

The warehouse will allow farmers to store perishable vegetables and fruits at a concessionary price.

In Sri Lanka, post harvest losses especially in transport, are estimated to result in losses of up to 40 percent of the harvest.

There is no cold chain in transport.

This year’s budget provides a series of tax concessions for investors investing in climate-controlled logistic facilities, the ministry said.

It will give opportunities for investors to construct a vegetable and fruit processing complex around the Dambulla cold storage complex. (Colombo/Mar30/2019-SB)