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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sri Lanka loses Rs. 9 billion annually in post-harvest losses

Colombo Page: 25/09/2006

Sri Lanka loses Rs. 9 billion annually as a result of poor storage and transport practices for agricultural produce.

This fact was revealed through a study conducted by the Post Harvest Technology Institute.

The chairman of the Institute, N.V.T.A. Veragoda, said that the losses are as high as 10-15% of the total paddy harvest and 30-40% of the country's fruit harvest.

The main reason for such huge losses is ignorance among producers, transporters and retailers, the survey said. In response, the Post Harvest Technology Institute says it will initiate a programme to popularise the use of safer sacks to store paddy and plastic baskets for fruits and vegetables.

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