ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s commercial plantations producing tea and rubber has called for fast-track vaccination of their workers on whom key export sectors are depended upon.
There is a community of 1.5 million on estates, the Planters’ Association representing managers of Regional Plantations Companies (RPC) said.
“Through the concerted efforts of RPC management working closely with Government and Public Health officials, we were able to ensure strict health, hygiene, and social distancing protocols were implemented on RPC estates,” Roshan Rajadurai spokesman for the Planters’ Association said.
“This has helped in ensuring that not a single case of COVID was registered in these communities, even with the large scale of international returnees.
“In that time, all of our employees have continued to work with minimal disruptions as a result of the pandemic, all while generating absolutely essential foreign exchange for the national economy.
“We therefore request that the Government expedites vaccination for our workers as a matter of utmost urgency.”
Sri Lanka is facing foreign exchange shortages amid unprecedented money printing.
Through the Plantations Human Development Trust over 200 million rupees has been spent on setting up hand washing and sanitizing units, awareness programmes, safety equipment, dry rations and anti Covid activities, the statement said. (Colombo/Apr21/2021)