The first consignment of sour bananas is scheduled to be exported to the Dubai market today (26).
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the sour bananas grown on 500 acres in the Rajanganaya area will be exported to the foreign market for the first time under the agricultural modernization project implemented by the Agriculture Ministry with foreign funds.
The Minister was addressing a programme held at Development Interplan Ceylon PVT Ltd at Vauxhall Street, Colombo yesterday (25) for the export of sour bananas in Rajangana.
Arrangements have been made to export 12,500 kgs of sour bananas as the first batch to be exported to Dubai.
Accordingly, arrangements have been made to export Sri Lankan sour bananas to the Dubai market on every Saturday every week.
Director of the Agriculture Sector Modernization Project Dr. Rohan Wijekoon said that the country can earn an income of US$ 10,000 per week through this project.
Minister Amaraweera said that this programme initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Agriculture Project will bring valuable foreign exchange at a time when the country is facing a dollar crisis. Minister Amaraweera said the country can earn a good income from agriculture in the foreign market through modern technology, equipment and a market to the farmers. Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Gunadasa Samarasinghe and two agriculture scientists Dr.Julian and Dr.Han were also present.