ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government will restrict landholdings of Regional Plantations Companies (RPCs) to 5,000 acres under reforms aimed to improving the sector’s productivity, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told parliament.
Delivering the 2017 government budget speech, he said that almost 25 years after the management of state owned estates were privatised, the government was not happy with the performance of the plantations economy.
Karunanayake said the RPCs’ performance was “erratic” and there was “misuse of assets.”
“The maximum acreage that can be held by any standalone company will be restricted to 5,000 acres,” Karunanayake said. “We will ensure there will be no loss of employment. RPCs will be given first right of refusal when being allocated land.”
(COLOMBO, Nov 10, 2016)