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At least 40 lorries were taken into custody by Consumer Affairs Authority officers this morning at Hanwella and Peliyagoda for transporting vegetable and fruits without using plastic containers, an official said.

They said legal action would be taken against these owners soon. The CAA official launched an operation to track down vehicles transporting vegetable and fruits without using plastic containers from last night. (SJ)

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  • achtung Monday, 12 December 2011 06:17 AM

    and the PM is saying to stop importing food from abroad.

    V. Puran Appu Tuesday, 13 December 2011 01:37 AM

    Sri Lanka has a vast railway network.

    If someone could device a system of second party transportation like what you find in Pettah that transports goods to the East, I am sure a lot of wastage and traffic problems could be spared.

    Samantha Monday, 12 December 2011 07:22 AM

    prices will rise for sure

    sv Tuesday, 13 December 2011 11:55 AM

    yes,one compartment for transportation of goods should be added in all trains

    Rishan Tuesday, 13 December 2011 04:03 AM

    this is a very good move , will minimise wastage . Also good to distribute plastic containers at Hanwella/Peliyagoda check points to pay by installment ( no payments at the chek point) . This way they will tend to use the containers.

    Also good to educate them the savings for a day , a year . That way they will realise how important to use plastic containers.

    mano Tuesday, 13 December 2011 04:02 AM

    rule is good.. Better if they can give the plastic cases on reasonable price... main problem with money. same time why only plastic.. what about wooden..

    Some how in the festival season food price will be high due shortage.. will be a good gift.

    Alawaka Monday, 12 December 2011 08:47 AM

    Stick with the new rule Jonston. It can be done. People need to change for good.

    TIA Monday, 12 December 2011 08:45 AM

    It is indeed a good idea to replace packing, but why switch to plastic? What about the environmental effects of using plastic? Why not use recyclable and/or biodegradable products for packing (wooden crates, boxes with separators, etc) instead? These will be cheaper and better for everyone.

    pajaraksa Tuesday, 13 December 2011 05:58 AM

    That is by far the best solution. Give them free containers at the checkpoints and take some veggies in return and put them in your containers

    GANEN. B Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:11 AM

    IMPLEMENT THE RULE SLOWLY. GIVE THE TRADERS TIME TO BUY THE PLASTIC CRATES

    Farmer Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:13 AM

    Plastic is not going to solve the freshness issue. The vege and fruits need proper breathing space. We can only do the farming, the transporter and the 3rd parties who handle this must handle it with care. Mishandling causes more damage than transport itself. You can use corrugated boxes as well which is a more Eco friendly method.

    Mallika Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:21 AM

    How can they stack the same amount of vegetables into the same vehicle if they use the plastic containers?
    In that case they may have to hire 02 lorries to transport the same amount instead of one.
    Obviously the prices will go up.

    Naufer Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:22 AM

    Think of the vegetable farmers. They are the ones who will be ultimately affected very badly. Not the traders nor the consumers.The govt. will have to consider the matter seriously and compensate the farmers at first.

    Chris Silva Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:53 AM

    In Thailand,Malaysia i've see poly bags not,plastic crates.
    Two or three factories will have a good Christmas!...at the expense of poor.

    Jamie Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:51 AM

    Good idea TIA. Wooden boxes can easily be made.
    And farmers themselves can do that.
    This is the method used for transporting fish.

    David Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:56 AM

    This system was to be introduced some years back. Now it has come to BE. Good job. But consumers are not seem to be educated to understand this. No waste means less price.

    Jamie Monday, 12 December 2011 03:00 AM

    Seems vegetables and fruits prices will rise!

    shaffaath Monday, 12 December 2011 03:22 AM

    Good Job ....Keep it this way in the the Future Food Prices will come down No Wastages....

    Don Monday, 12 December 2011 03:30 AM

    Ultimately the cost will be passed down to the consumer.......Please think of the general public and not the plastic container manufacturer.

    Anton Abeyesekera Tuesday, 13 December 2011 08:24 AM

    Very bad timing.Are crates available freely? Is there a problem of implementation?No stocks of Vegetables available for purchase now.When the government solves the problem vegetable will be a scarce item at high prices.Implementation should have been after the peak season.Last year too the prices of vegetables were high and scarce at this time of the year.

    prem Monday, 12 December 2011 03:36 AM

    What will happen to the vegitable and the fruits in those lorries?

    Citizen Monday, 12 December 2011 03:46 AM

    Give some times to adapt to these standards... how they change the decades of practice with in two days....

    kenny_fdo Monday, 12 December 2011 03:49 AM

    Problem after problem but not a single solution

    saman Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:04 AM

    think about the cost of vegeatable per Kilo

    Sri Lal Monday, 12 December 2011 03:54 AM

    CAA must arrange necessary packing trays and bags to Growers for reasonable price

    Nodrog Monday, 12 December 2011 04:23 AM

    Good idea to minimise wastage. Transporters and traders will surely protest but stick to your guns and dont back down. benefits will come in the long-run.

    sltk2004 Monday, 12 December 2011 04:38 AM

    Good question. Better to sell those without delay - otherwise they will go waste.

    sltk2004 Monday, 12 December 2011 04:42 AM

    This has been informed many moths ago. I think the probem here is not prior notification, but financial

    Kangarro Monday, 12 December 2011 04:43 AM

    For how long ? I have seen so many like . eg Smoking in public places was banned and now its gone and any one can smoke any where.

    kondebendapucheena Monday, 12 December 2011 04:59 AM

    once this get going automatically every people will apply this.

    FARHAN FAROOK Monday, 12 December 2011 08:34 PM

    good move,,appreciate the government's futuristic thinking,,,,,,,,

    Anil Monday, 12 December 2011 05:03 AM

    There will be a vegetable shortage in colombo by friday.

    SureshP Monday, 12 December 2011 05:05 AM

    Perfect timing for Christmas gifts. Vegetables will be ideal with high prices.

    buhari Monday, 12 December 2011 09:29 PM

    growers and trasnporters should be taught about the phiferage and damage to product due to improper packing. then impliment these new packing rules with subsidiary plastic packages.

    hemjey Monday, 12 December 2011 05:14 AM

    Average postharvest losses including transportation is almost 40% in Sri Lanka. If can save 20% by good packing and transportation systems, it will be a good achievement = growing crops on another virtual 20% area. This is a good move..

    Ravi Seneviratne Monday, 12 December 2011 05:37 AM

    sOME WILL AGREE & OTHER WILL DISAGREE, BUT THEIS MOVE IS VERY GOOD , MINIMUM OF WASTEAGE & WILL BE PROFITABLE IN THE FUTURE,IF YOU CLOSLY WATCH THESE TRANSPORTERS & THEIR HELPERS, THEY TRAMPLE,& WALK & SOME SLEEP ON THESE GUNNYIES . BOTTOMLINE IS WE BUY ALL SMASHED ITEMS. WE ARE FOR THIS MOVE.

    Dee Monday, 12 December 2011 05:55 AM

    It is a crime to see the very people who say they cant have a square meal, sitting on vegetable bags damaging a good part of it.

    leel Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:21 AM

    Yes like Express way. Per day maintenance cost only is more than 7millions.


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