Plastic crate law should have been implemented with a consensus: Sri Lankan minister

Jan 15, Colombo: Agrarian Services Minister of Sri Lanka S.M. Chandrasena says that the rule making it compulsory to transport fruits and vegetables in plastic crates should have been implemented with the consensus of all stake holders.

The government’s packing laws are to come into effect from today after it was temporarily suspended last month following massive protests by farmers and traders.

Speaking at a ceremony to distribute plastic crates among traders in Bandarawela, Chandrasena has said that transport methods that have been practiced for many years could not be changed overnight.

He has noted that officials, traders and farmers should have all been involved in making the decision to introduce such a law.

According to Chandrasena, the implementation of the law would have been successful if it was done with a consensus.

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