AWARENESS SEMINAR/WORKSHOP ON FRUITS & VEGETABLES FOR THE EXPORT MARKET-NCP

Daily FT

25/06/2014

AWARENESS SEMINAR/WORKSHOP ON FRUITS & VEGETABLES FOR THE EXPORT MARKET-NCP

The North Western Provincial office of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, successfully conducted the awareness seminar/workshop on fruits & vegetables for the export market on 24th March 2014 in Anuradhapura with the participation of 115 fruits & vegetable farmers in North Central Province. The programme was organized by NWP-EDB with the assistance of Department of Agriculture, National Plant Quarantine Service and Lanka Fruits & Vegetable Producers, Processors & Exporters Association.

The main objective of conducting this seminar was to increase the capacity of Fruits & Vegetable farmers in the North Central Province by way of enhancing Technical/Market awareness and facilitating linkages between farmers and exporters in order to develop consolidated supply base of quality fruits & vegetables for exports from Regions.

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At this seminar, an Assistant Director of Department of Agriculture took part as a resource person & delivered a presentation on Cultivation of quality fruits & vegetables for the export market & Pre/Post harvests technology. Also an Agriculture Officer of Plant Quarantine Unit/ Colombo-Port made aware participants concerning the involvement of Plant Quarantine Service in Exporting fruits & vegetables.

Moreover, Mr. Channa Madawela from Nidro Supply (PVT) Ltd., a leading Fruits & Vegetable exporter in Sri Lanka representing the Lanka Fruits & Vegetable Producers, Processors & Exporters Association addressed the gathering to make farmers aware on Regular problems face by exporters when supplying Fruits & Vegetables for the export market. He also emphasized about the significance of quality requirements of supplying fruits & vegetables for the export market. The association expressed that there is a massive demand for quality Passion Fruits from Sri Lanka in the international market & encouraged farmers by giving the assurance of market availability. 

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Therefore, this event offered certainly an excellent opportunity for framers in North Central Province as well as to achieve EDB’s objective of conducting the seminar. The NWP-EDB is intending to facilitate to establish linkages between framers & exporters & provide necessary trainings with the assistance of Lanka Fruits & Vegetable Producers, Processors & Exporters Association to develop consolidated supply base of quality fruits & vegetables for the export market from Regions as an upcoming activity of this programme.