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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2588

Sri Lanka to grow more exotic flower varieties for export

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 18 May, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka's Investment Promotion and Enterprise Development Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, plans to end the landless problem and assist the Anthurium and other exotic flower growers with land facilities to grow more flowers.

Under his plans, the Minster has instructed to formulate joint ventures between land owners and flower growers to grow more flowers, which may be the main foreign income earner in future Sri Lanka.

He said at present overseas buyers have made numerous orders, but local flower growers cannot accede to the continuous increasing demand due to the lack of sufficient quantities of flowers.

At present Sri Lanka exports small quantities of Anthurium flowers, but the Minister hope to increase the amount to 20, 000 flowers per month.

The Minister explained the prevailing position of the flower industry and said he wants to expand this industry and attract new growers to maintain the continuous supply to their buyers.

Meanwhile the local Anthurium growers have requested a speedy solution to end their burning issues .The growers said lack of lands, lack of capital, middlemen menace and lack of new technology are their main barriers to expand the industry.

They said, due to the prevailing situation, the flower exporters couldn't compete with other international exporters.

According to the industry sources, Sri Lanka does not need green houses to grow more anthurium, but the industry needs bare lands to start new nurseries.

Mr.Athula Liyanapathirana, Chairman of Anthurium Growers Association said their vision is to increase their income and bring more foreign earnings to the country.

Speaking at this occasion a veteran Sri Lankan banker and Chairman of local SME bank Moksevi Prelis commended the women entrepreneurs and said their loan repayment scheme was successful.

"I wish to assist more women entrepreneurs who lack basic needs and assist them finally, said Mr.Prelis.

- Asian Tribune -

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