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The agricultural ministry had signed an agreement with China in 2016 to export more than 10,000 tons of bananas but it had failed to export at least a kilo of bananas after two years, former Agricultural Ministry Additional Secretary Dr. Subaheenkenda said yesterday.

He told Daily Mirror that according to the agreement, the agricultural ministry was to send a list of 150 banana cultivators to the Chinese government and added that however, it had failed to prepare a list as yet.

According to the agreement, Chinese government had ordered Ambun, Ambul and Kolikuttu varieties from Sri Lanka.

When asked about the matter, agricultural ministry secretary B. Wijeratne said the ministry could not supply the varieties demanded by China and said they were still studying the matter.

Dr. Subaheenkenda said the Chinese government had agreed to provide market opportunities for papaw, pineapple, mango and Rambutan as well. (Indika Sri Aravinda)

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  • DHA Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:14 PM

    Seems like the money allocated for banana has gone under along with the bananas.....

    Ban-Nana Monday, 17 September 2018 08:20 AM

    "Studying" the matter! Great excuse given by all experts!! By the time they decide, we will have only Ban-Nana!!!

    Jim Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:52 PM

    Banana’s in the fruit salad.

    Sad Truth Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:52 PM

    Tell you the truth, I don't eat bananas or plantains any more. They are covered in massive amounts of fertilizer.

    Aaana Maalu Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:59 PM

    " ministry could not supply the varieties demanded by China and said they were still studying the matter." - what the hell are you idiots studying - Ambun, Ambul and Kolikuttu are standard varieties one even gets in supermarkets here. Whom are you fellows trying to fool ? . We know that you do not come up to the standards of an "Aana Maalus" .(no pun intended) - but this variety is not an what the chinese crave for !.

    sss Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:15 PM

    sri lanaka is a service economy - nothing is prodoced and producers are exploited and taxed and the all important governmement sector is not taxed

    vithura Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:59 PM

    In SL people are only interested in free handouts and are not willing to put in their share of hard work to make use of opportunities to create wealth. Cannot blame the government for not trying.

    ravin Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:15 PM

    Ha !! Haa !!! still studying the matter? get those Rs. 850,000.00 chairs to warn brains. By the time these bum warmers finish studies the agreement may have expired. And when farmer get their harvest ready only option farmer left with commit suicide.

    Coconut Republic Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:19 PM

    We are personally exporting various types of individual bananas. Please take this in to account.

    Ra Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:13 PM

    The only fruit everybody enjoys in Sri lanka after having breakfast or after a meal for nutrition and for health is bananas. If this is also enported to a large country like China, not only the prices of bananas will go up and will also create a shortage and availability.Certain things like this should be controlled well by the state and the plantations should be looked after by the state Ministry.

    Brainmaster Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:22 PM

    SL has certainlybthe capacity to produce fruits for export. But the reality is different mismanagement from the side of the relevant ministries and many people are just too lazy to plant and harvest via DM Android App

    Krishantha Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:48 PM

    Mr president hope you will see this on a newspaper

    Buffalo Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:02 PM

    We must have a separate ministry for SL China banana supply.

    Ceylon Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:07 PM

    Other agriments also very same.look at human rights agriments with u n o.average people are subject to torture,death,all kind of inhuman teatments but agriments are not follow not respected by the government.only who has money and power can enjoy rights,sone casess that also after loss of money,years of time etc.lasantha,thajudeen,eknaligoda etc casess.must punish country's leafers with teavel restrictions to uno member countries.

    V.I.S.Jayapalan Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:27 PM

    Becoming banana republic of China is a mistake. Please study reports from Laos.

    sas Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:37 PM

    Studying the matter even after 2 years!. This is the nature of our SLAS officers.

    senaratne Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:49 PM

    typical civil servants of Sri Lanka. Sadly these civil servants have proved that they are typical "Gan Kabarays" with no knowledge of the changing global economic dynamics. It is pity that public has to bear the cost of maintaining such inefficient public servants in addition to the useless politicians of this country.

    Psg Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:55 PM

    First secure proper food for the locals!

    sinhabahu Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:55 PM

    Buy the time this government wakes up from its sleep we will have a new government.

    Jaliya Saturday, 15 September 2018 07:09 PM

    Agricultural ministry secretary B. Wijeratne said the ministry could not supply the varieties demanded by China and said they were still studying the matter. Does it take 2 years of studies ..... how and where to plant a banana tree ? That's the reason we are the banana republic.

    karu Saturday, 15 September 2018 07:22 PM

    why export. Soon we will have enough Chinese here to eat them

    Rama Saturday, 15 September 2018 08:41 PM

    officials are pathetic. they dont understand how hard farmers to trying to survive.

    Gobbaya Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:11 PM

    Thats what happen when donkeys are appointed as high officials

    Akila Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:39 PM

    This is one classic example to show that we have a useless government

    Pachaya Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:51 PM

    Banana republic

    Tax Payer Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:58 PM

    Export fruits? Can our fruit suppliers meet even the local requirements? Exports should not done at the cost of further shortages in the local market.

    Ceylon Saturday, 15 September 2018 10:29 PM

    Banana republic cant export banana.

    Asela Sunday, 16 September 2018 07:31 AM

    Banana republic could not export banana?

    banana republicans Sunday, 16 September 2018 07:53 AM

    what a failed state....We need a dictator like lee quan you ...Hope Gotabhaya will become one..

    Seqi Sunday, 16 September 2018 02:00 PM

    Learn to say NO to the Chinese. First and foremost ensure every Sri Lankan Woman, Child and Man is well nourished with local produce.....when the new Colombo China Town opens for business then it will be more difficult to say NO.

    Gamma Sunday, 16 September 2018 03:13 PM

    The secretary who wants over 2 years to take a simple decision like this should be sent home as he is not fit into this position. You can just imagine what he is doing in his office.

    punchinilame Sunday, 16 September 2018 07:57 PM

    ThePM is all out to make grand economic strides - he cannot miss this opportunity, Give "Foward Contracts" andsuitable loans to NP farmers as the alternative crop forTobacao cultivation and you have it Over to NP AgriculturalMinister.

    Kudda Monday, 17 September 2018 02:33 PM

    Banana prices are skyrocketing even without export. What are we to eat when start exporting.


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