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.
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.
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.