Sri Lankan President suspends mandatory rule to transport fresh produce in plastic crates

Dec 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today temporarily suspended the government’s mandatory requirement to transport fruits and vegetables in plastic crates for a month.

The President took this decision following a meeting with the representatives of traders’ and farmers’ unions held at the Temple Trees on Wednesday (14) afternoon.

Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando, Economic Development Minister basil Rajapaksa, deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Geethanjana Gunawardena, deputy Minister of Youth Affairs Duminda Dissanayaka, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Chief of Police IGP N.K. Ilangakoon, and Secretary to the Finance Ministry Dr. P.B. Jayasundara also participated in the discussion.

The new ruling to use plastic crates for transportation of fresh produce sparked island wide protests by traders and farmers who say the use of plastic crates is not practical and costly.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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