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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

A leading exporter in Central Province cries for infrastructure

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 27 December, ( A leading organic food manufacturer and exporter Bio Foods [PVT] Ltd complains a number of government agencies do not attend to solve entrepreneurs' grievances to smooth their manufacturing processes. Dr.Sarath RanaweeraDr.Sarath Ranaweera

At present the company maintains good growth and it is the only company which received the world's 1st Fair Trade registered processor and exporter of organic spices and wants to be the best in its field in South East Asia.

The company produces value-added products in green and black tea, spices, herbs, curry powder, desiccated coconut, cashew, treacle, juggery and coconut oil .These products are exported to selected overseas buyers in Europe and Asia, paying a premium with part of it going to farmers and producers in the country for their social welfare.

Chairman and the Managing Director of the Bio Foods [PVT] Ltd , Eco Foods [PVT] Ltd, and Biodynamic [PVT] Ltd Dr.sarath Ranaweera said that his company has made complaints to all responsible government authorities but the authorities keep on silence on his complaints.

At present the company suffers lack of infrastructure at its factory located in Seethavalley Estate , Nillabe , Central province. These companies manufacture value added organic teas, spices and herbs for the export market, mainly to European countries .The Chairman said his plan is to earn 500 million rupee as turnover. These projects daily generate additional employment to a large number of people in the area and also a large number of small farmers in the district will be greatly benefited.
"Our manufacturing plants and the processing units are located in this estate and we still face lack of telecommunication facilities, motorable roads, proper commuter services and other common infrastructure, he said.

The company made written complaints to the Ministry of Industrial Development, the BOI, Sri Lanka Telecom, and Regional Transport Board and also made verbal complaints to the area ministers and the top level government officials.

"So far we received only written responses from those ministries and the top officials of the government but our requests are still on hold and the company has to face these obstacles, but export large stocks of organic food products, he explained.

"We brought our matters before the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka but problems are still with us, he said.

According to the BOI, the BOI mediates industrialists' problems to find positive solutions. However the government or any other responsible institution still not facilitates the company’s obstacles which could be solved by them.

Bio Foods' James Valley Organic Tea Factory has been recently awarded with the one star rating of the Ceylon Quality Certificate under the Quality Management System of the Sri Lanka Tea Board. Value addition at Bio Foods is 90 percent with raw material coming from nearby fields while Rs 2.3 million is spent annually on international certification.

- Asian Tribune -

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