May 06, Colombo: The Secretary of Sri Lanka Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Sunil S. Sirisena says that the use of plastic crates for the delivery of vegetables will be started from May 15.
However, the government has not decided to make the use of plastic crates compulsory. An earlier attempt to make them compulsory roused the anger of the traders. They lamented about the dearth of plastic crates suitable for the purpose.
However, the official said that it would be considered once an adequate amount of crates are issued to the market.
So far, 100,000 plastic crates have been produced and issued to the market.
The introduction of plastic crates is to start from Nuwara Eliya district and then expand to Matale district.
A large percentage of vegetables gets wasted due to improper use of packaging in delivery.