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The government has decided to import coconut with immediate effect from several Asian countries to control the ever increasing coconut market, the Internal Trade Ministry said.

“The government will permit traditional coconut exporters and the Coconut Development Board to import coconut from Malaysia, Kerala and Indonesia before the festive season starts considering the exorbitant prices prevailing in the local market,” Internal Trade Secretary Sunil S. Sirisena said.

He added that the government expects to bring down the price of a coconut with the import. (SAJ)

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  • sinhalaya Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:41 PM

    All the coconut flowers have been cut off to decorate the Government Tamashas. That is the reason for the dearth of coconuts.Another reason is the cracking of coconuts at the Devalayas on the advice of the Good Doctor mervin.

    Nath Thursday, 16 December 2010 08:50 PM

    The idea of building a port in Hambantota was not clear to me first as there are no exports from there. Now I see a reason, we can import coconuts to Hambantota.

    suwantha Thursday, 16 December 2010 08:16 PM

    you see how works mahinda chintanaya.jayawewa

    Namritha Thursday, 16 December 2010 07:59 PM

    Now who is making money behind this deal

    Nordic Thursday, 16 December 2010 07:36 PM

    The miracles are starting to happening!!! Watch out there will be more miracles.

    Anti-Humbug Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:23 PM

    Reaping now for what was sown through Land Reform in the '70s bringing rice from the moon.

    citizen1 Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:15 PM

    For the island which is surrounded with coconut trees pol sambol is about to become a luxury! What a crime.

    Dr.No Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:35 PM

    In the 70s our main export was tea, rubber and coconut. Now we have to import coconuts. Is coconut consuming a terorrist as some were labeled for eating bread. Summing up this is the joke of the year!! Jaya wewa, jaya wewa

    muzammil Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:30 PM

    we decided to import them & export value added patriotism.

    muzammil Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:27 PM

    Koheda yanne? Malle patriot !

    Pramod F Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:22 PM

    Cheapest coconuts are available in the UK. We can start importing containers of London POL

    mlj Thursday, 16 December 2010 09:11 PM

    "Import coconuts from Malaysia, Kerala and Indonesia". Is Kerala a separate country now?!

    Faqi Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:36 PM

    I did predict this happening in then Ceylon in 1962, I spoke to the then member of the Ceylon coconut board and he thought I was nuts. No pun intended.

    Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:32 PM

    Why only for festivel season. People are not eating other days.

    Mohamed Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:19 PM

    This is Mahinda Chintanya! Great.

    Ranil Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:22 PM

    Pol booruwo!

    sw Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:19 PM

    If you import coconuts you have to pay for it, suggest some barter trading , our nut ministers for coconuts.

    ulg Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:19 PM

    Seems as if it's gonna be a main IMPORT hereafter!

    DHAMMIKA Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:46 PM


    Nina Kamal Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:39 PM

    First the bread now the pol sambol!!!

    So whats going to happen to all the devotees who crack coconuts.. they had all go 'NUTS'!!!!!

    sinnan Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:36 PM

    Chicken, egg, Coconut, What Next????

    gamaya_1 Friday, 17 December 2010 04:47 AM

    We can stop all imports, if you can live without them. We can't improve the productivity in two days. Import is the only short term solution.

    manoj Saturday, 18 December 2010 12:17 PM


    jehanlive Friday, 17 December 2010 10:42 PM

    1960's? During my schooldays in the 2000's I was taught the same. But, I can see how true it is.

    Free Thinker Friday, 17 December 2010 06:44 PM

    This was long overdue.
    Good indeed, we need some Imported NUTS so that we have a HYBRID NUT in Sri Lanka. then we will not have any NUT disease, so they have to cut down 40,000 Coconut trees.
    Could we also import some "other" NUTS, which are in short supply?

    citizen1 Friday, 17 December 2010 05:31 PM

    let's donate them.

    Leonard Friday, 17 December 2010 09:11 AM

    In 2010 Sri Lanka has become one of the richest countries under MR leadership so now they can afford to import luxury items like coconuts.

    Pollocks Friday, 17 December 2010 08:19 AM

    What if foriegn coconuts taste better than the locals? Who knows, they might do.... Ive heard coconuts from brazil are bigger, and more jucier!

    M.M.usoof Friday, 17 December 2010 07:11 AM

    This is the result of Private Companys who purchased large coconuts estates and blocked it out into small plots of land and started selling. very specially in Kurunegala District. the govt. turned a blind eye the. Now wse have to pay the price.
    before to long we will even have to get down tea and rubber as well.

    gamaya_2 Friday, 17 December 2010 04:59 AM

    we already doing that.

    SRI 1 Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:16 PM

    johnny boy..... we do import tea for the last 15yrs

    Prasa Friday, 17 December 2010 04:41 AM

    Another Guinness Record..
    First time in our history , You'll can taste the Rata POl ,Rata Bitthara , rata Kukul mas .Etc.. Katada adambara ................... Ohoma yan....

    sobers Friday, 17 December 2010 04:32 AM

    another record broken instead of breaking coconuts. Is is duty free imports?.

    thang1961 Friday, 17 December 2010 03:15 AM

    may get about 10 coconuts for every 50 ministers

    Siri Friday, 17 December 2010 02:28 AM

    Given the present hardships, there'll be thousands to plant them IF they had the land and resources. If not, there'll be none planting anything - tea, rubber, cinnamon, cocoa and even rice.

    Dr.No Friday, 17 December 2010 01:57 AM

    Starving to death. Not that far away for the poor people of Sri Lanka

    Ranjith Friday, 17 December 2010 01:14 AM

    Can't we export few of our chubby minister's for coming Christmas ?

    Ranjith Friday, 17 December 2010 01:08 AM

    Then the so called adviser to the foreign ministry can help us. or you can go by land in future.

    Kalani Raja Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:05 PM

    There is no need. We have plenty. Didn't we recently use 1500 coconuts for an inauguration ceremony?

    Kumar Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:03 PM

    What is the coconut price in Colombo market now? Is it cheaper in regional areas?

    R.Dias Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:28 AM

    One thing the Govt have some brilliant thinkers. They must import everything as local prodution is expensive so that COL could be brought down. Besides why think of local production and worry on subsidies which is a burden on the Govt. ? Someone said that India has a Poultry Farm which is the size of a combination of all the Farms in Sri Lanka!!!!!!!!!!! We can watch Cricket while drinking toddy.
    Oh!!!!! what a loverly Country Oh !!!! what a blessed Government who cares the people.

    mohamed133 Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:53 AM

    LAnka is going under famine in coconut also. Our ministers are smart well done. What will be the next ...will it be dhal?

    pol Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:45 AM

    coconut oil? toddy? flowers and cases?

    cockroch man Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:42 AM

    how many of u are planting cocnut trees? or how many of u r willing to do so? i guess none.. this is the reason why we have to import cocunut

    shanthi Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:40 AM

    in this way Very soon they will import blood and babies also.

    muhammedh Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:42 AM

    next is rubber and then tea... then we will be bought over by a government

    pro man Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:42 AM

    it is not a long term solution for this matter.i think me must increase grow coconuts tree

    Siri Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:37 AM

    Surprised? shouldn't be. When foreign exch. earnings made to depend on tourism & slave labour in ME, focus rediverted, incentive buried from all crop prdn. Like, say....ending SL history & literature in favor of IT in schools. Very sad.

    Jagath Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:34 AM

    Next everthig will be imported!!! NO EXPORTS.
    Well done

    galbas Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:35 AM

    I think the Coconut sellers selling it by their own price like happen for rice few months bak. this will be setooing down the prices and it will be cheap. i think it is good

    TMA Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:29 AM

    This is how U encourage the local industry

    malkanthi Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:55 AM

    The authorities cut down 400,00 trees in fear of Coconut disease, and to stop the disease from spreading towards the other districts. They could not find a way to counter the insect. Every issue is either dodging or burying, if the shipments comes to a standstill some day, we will be starving to death.

    TMA Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:27 AM

    Suba Anagathayak.

    willows Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:26 AM

    are we going to import tea and rubber as well???? why can't the government take appropriate steps to improve the prodcution of these traditional plantaions like other coutries??? instead letting them to have a natural death???

    concerned Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:25 AM

    Now, when we buy a coconut from the boutique, and if its rotten we return it to same place and get it replaced. Hereafter what if the boutique owner asks us to take the rotten one to Malaysia or Indonesia? What can we do?

    Minister K..... Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:22 AM

    Wow, Hereafter we will be dashing foreign coconuts in the devalayas?

    Deshan Lankaputhra Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:22 AM

    What a shame!

    Fayad Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:20 AM

    very true !!!!!

    Ganga772 Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:19 AM

    This is a result of "Thekala Viduliya, Nala Jalaya, Pulul manmawath sahitha idam kebali pahasu gevime kramaya".

    Asarana Kolla Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:18 AM

    Poll poll poll poll poll poll poll poll poll,
    pita rating genwanawa parana poll... Thawa tika dawasaking panuth genwai... hebatama mokaddha mey "indian sagaraye aishcharya muthu atayata une" hhhh aish amma gundu..

    JOHNNY Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:17 AM


    Janaka-DXB Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:13 AM

    This is a major issue, people who is growing coconut will give up and we can keep importing in the future..

    Arus Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:26 AM

    UP Next will be Drinking water gallons to be imported?

    TGK Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:12 PM

    Suba Ana Ganimak !!!

    Sumal Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:11 PM

    Malaysia also importing coconut from Indonesia. Philippines, Indonesia and Kerala are the main exporters of coconut products.

    TONY Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:03 PM

    Bottled drinking water was being imported to srilanka for some time now

    saman Thursday, 16 December 2010 12:31 PM

    Has , Gov discouraged eating bread , asked us to eat rice ! and of coz people start eating rice and pol sambol !!! . Now shortage of POL ! Gov pls ask people not to take rice with pol sambol !!! eat rice and butter !!

    lk Thursday, 16 December 2010 12:15 PM

    Poll thrastawadaya....

    Piratheepan Thursday, 16 December 2010 12:06 PM

    Incresing population from 1960, you can not always blame govenment.

    Ayomi Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:54 AM

    Keep up the good work .The Asian miracle is on the way !

    Gamini Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:51 AM

    Do we really need to import coconut to survive in this country ?

    adahan Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:46 AM

    Development and destruction are taking place simultaneously.

    Oyage sudu kella Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:43 AM

    ya. what happened to pol ?

    Moratta Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:12 AM

    During our school days in early - mid 1960's we were told that Tea, Rubber & COCONUT are the main Exports from Sri Lanka.

    Ryan Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:23 AM

    You said this in 2008 also

    sherlock holmes Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:23 AM

    this is all just a Game ! to import stuff from other countries so somebody gains commissions. Rice, Chicken, Camel-milk, coconuts...hmm guess whats next ?

    Kumarage Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:18 AM

    No no the shortage is due to the Guinness record breaking BIGGEST KIRIBATHA

    Ryan Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:21 AM

    Times are changing my friend, nobody needs to climb up the coconut tree nowadyas, we all want to be in A/C rooms doing value addition to raw coconuts

    sherlock holmes Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:08 AM

    This used to be a Self Sufficient island before we got the independence from the British. now we are more dependent on other countries for most of our essential supplies.

    zarookdeen12 Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:08 AM

    Well done for GREAT for the year 2010 and 2011 to be continued...

    hasimhaneed Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:05 AM

    very nicely in this country now. Keep it up and weldone

    Firaz Anver Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:59 AM

    What a shame? A country that exported coconuts is now importing them. This shows how efficient implemented. First time in the history of Sri Lanka. SUBA ANAGATHAYAK!!!

    Konde bendapu china Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:58 AM

    first of all Property developers have cut down so many coconut trees since 1977 ,so that is one of the reason along with several others

    mohamed133 Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:55 AM

    if those coconuts are not good inside..who will be responsible for money for wich we paid. Groceries will not take it back and they will say ask this from our government..

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