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The law to use plastic crates for transporting fruits and vegetables will not be changed but land master tractors and three wheelers will be allowed to transport these goods without plastic crates, Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando said.

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  • chat Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:55 AM

    Well said Mr. Johnston. Hope people will understand now.

    sv Tuesday, 13 December 2011 11:49 AM

    First educate the farmers,traders about the advantage of crates.As it involves capital expenditure,it should not be introduced by force.if they see their income improving and wastage minimised.people will start using them voluntarily

    Kornelius John Wednesday, 14 December 2011 03:40 AM

    The massive wastage that takes place due to poor transport conditions only serves to depress national vegetable availability. This enables middlemen to exploit both the Farmer and the Consumer. The protests are no doubt instigated by the middlemen who want to keep availability down so that they can play their game. Well done, Mr. Minister. Stand strong with your proposal.

    ampare son Tuesday, 13 December 2011 01:47 PM

    go head sir. we with you.

    Asitha Wednesday, 14 December 2011 04:08 AM

    Well said sir. Don't give in. We are with you.

    Somapala Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:56 AM

    What is the logic of this?

    Chris Silva Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:57 AM

    Haphazard work at expense of poor !
    Why the f didn't you say this at the outset?...So we could have zillions of tuk tuks coming into the Cities
    RESIGN ! and go cultivate someplace.

    lankatarzan Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:01 AM

    Very soon you will be made to feel the heat of plastic by the farmers.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:57 AM

    Why? Transporting in tractors and T/wheelers also damages the veggies and fruits. Furthermore tractors should not be allowed to be driven on roads. T/wheelers made to transport passengers not goods.

    Aristotle Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:04 AM

    We call this type of personality "Napoleon Borupart".

    Jamie Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:01 AM

    You always want it to be plastic?
    ask them to make cheap wooden boxes.

    Rilwan Razeen Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:12 AM

    I concur with this idea of using plastic crates for transporting fruits and vegetables, this would definitely minimize wastage. researches in the Asian sub-continent has found around 40% wastage is due to poor packaging and transport. though this should have been done long time before, at least lets begin from now. this will enable us to save money from importing fruits and vegetables in the future. Keep up the good work.

    Fayad Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:19 AM

    Why not provide a concession for plastic crates.before implementing this law.
    How a can a farmer invest Rs 800 per crate when he is finding difficult to buy a gunny bag which is Rs 20. also look in to the transportation cost..

    Cynic Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:28 AM

    The concept is good but the implementation was rotten.

    Ruwan Tuesday, 13 December 2011 03:53 PM

    This is an excellent move. we fully support the minister's efforts. In the long term the farmer as well as the consumer will benefit by this process. Please do not sabotage this effort

    jterm Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:34 AM

    isn't this counter intuitive? Wouldn't opened bodied vehicles such as land masters and three wheelers contaminate vegetables more than closed bodied lorries which are being forced to transport the vegies in containers? If there's something i don't understand here please explain - thanks.

    willows Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:31 AM

    Good work Johny boy stick to your word, one good thing from you??

    kent Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:41 AM

    admit it you've screwed up! now it's the ego talking.

    Consumer Tuesday, 13 December 2011 07:56 AM

    That is right Johnny! Don't give in!!

    Arachchi Tuesday, 13 December 2011 08:02 AM

    Similar to private sector pension scheme...No one asked for it...trying to put on by force...

    janaka bandara Tuesday, 13 December 2011 08:01 AM

    According to the government, the purpose of the law is to regain the looses of post harvesting in vegetable market. thats exactly should be done. it protects the consumer right to have fresh and quality vegetable. however, the way the government try to implement may be economically harmful in short run. there is a possibility in rising vegetable prices due to the shortage of food supply and extra cost of transporting the vegetable. traders can put those cost on consumer and resulting bear high inflationary situation. Signaling in Sri Lanka is affecting much on trade. so the prices may increase beyond the line where we expects.

    Government could have done this by two ways.
    1. Apply the law immediately for perishable items like Tomatoes, beans, carrot etc and gradually implement to varieties
    2. Giving subsidies to the traders offering free boxes. then vegetable price will not be rise

    me Tuesday, 13 December 2011 08:11 AM

    becoming singapor?

    rif Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:29 AM

    cant we put imported coconut in the plastic crates?
    who imported this

    dinesh Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:03 PM

    Well done Minister Sir, Dont give up. The people are with you.

    Ramesh Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:34 PM

    well done Jonta !

    Mervyn Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:33 PM

    Yes, it should be implemented at any cost for the benefit of advancement of the nation collectively.


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