Top Chinese Delegation Presents basic Requirements for Export Of Fruits To China

Shakila Ifham

January 26, 2023


Top Chinese delegation yesterday presented requirements for the export of fruits to China with Commissioner General of Agricultural Development A.M.H.L. Abeyratne and Chairman of Hadabima Authority Sarath Withana.

The event followed a preliminary discussion on the matter held at the Department of Agrarian Service yesterday with the participation of Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

A Ministry spokesman said that Cavendish banana species cultivated here as well as pineapple, mango, passion fruit and sour banana as well as Soursop (Katu Anoda) are the fruits demanded in different countries of the world and many private institutions are currently engaged in the export of fruits grown in a suitable manner for export.

The Chinese delegation who expressed their views here informed the minister that they are ready to start a program to export some banana species from Sri Lanka to the Chinese market.

The minister said that although a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Chinese government and the Sri Lankan government several years ago for the export of Sri Lankan bananas to China, the program has not been implemented so far, so steps will be taken to revive the program.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Agricultural Modernization Project (ASMP) already exports 12,500 kg containers of sour bananas to the Dubai market every Saturday. It was also emphasized that quality sour bananas are very popular among the people of Dubai.

Accordingly, the Sri Lankan government will take steps to provide the necessary facilities to start the program of exporting fruits grown in Sri Lanka to China as soon as possible, the minister said.