* Sri Lanka to restrict imports of five fruit varieties

Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Agriculture sources say the government has decided to impose restrictions on import of five varieties of fruit.

The five fruit varieties are papaya, mango, pineapple, grapes and orange.

The government says these fruits can be grown in Sri Lanka very well and it is to initiate a programme to encourage cultivation of these crops through its livelihood development programme.

Ministry sources say that Sri Lanka imported 478,177 kilos of grapes, 2,144,067 kilos of apple and 4,938,285 kilos of orange in November last year alone.

Sri Lanka can be self-sufficient agriculturally and should not waste money on unwanted expenditure, the government noted.

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