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All fruits and vegetables will have to be stored in plastic, hard paper or wood containers when they are being transported, Minister of Internal Trade and Cooperatives Johnston Fernando said today.

“All parties engaging in transporting fruits and vegetables will have to store them in plastic, hard paper or wood containers to reduce wastage,” Minister Fernando said.

According to him millions worth of fruit and vegetables are disposed due to their inadequate storage in transport.

Minister Fernando said the traders and middlemen charged the consumers for their vegetable and fruit wastage by including it in the price of a vegetable and fruit. (Sumaiya Rizvi)

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  • Idiot Friday, 21 January 2011 11:34 AM

    Exactly! whats happened to Polythene Shopping bag ban?

    citizen1 Saturday, 22 January 2011 05:08 AM

    Do you reckon the health minister has a clue about anything at all?

    Amal Perera Friday, 21 January 2011 06:07 PM

    Good decision taken by the authorities since as much as 40% of the vegetables go waste in the process of being transported to the destinations which eventually results in high prices.

    Flyhalf Friday, 21 January 2011 02:21 PM

    As you can see the agriculture department has not been doing it . The whole thing triggered after the comment from the JVP parliamentarian. We need to give the devil its due.

    Cobra Friday, 21 January 2011 12:57 PM

    Jokes apart, this is a very good thought if only he sees it through which is asking for too much from all talk and no action ministers!!!

    Cobra Friday, 21 January 2011 12:55 PM

    Gone with the wind!!!!

    Modaya Friday, 21 January 2011 12:20 PM

    What if we don't store in Plastic Mr Minister! How are you going to catch me?

    Firaz Anver Friday, 21 January 2011 12:14 PM

    What about the millions of loss incurred by importing coconuts from Kerala. Who will bear this cost. Again the innocent public.

    kumar Friday, 21 January 2011 11:34 AM

    AT LAST, he is doing something good. It has been determined that 60% of all fresh veges and fruits are spoilt whilst in transport and storage. That means, we pay 60% more.

    Flyhalf Friday, 21 January 2011 09:34 AM

    This is after a comment from a JVP parliamentarian. He mentioned in a press briefing that when fresh fruits are transported to Colombo, it ends up as fruit salad.

    Saradial Friday, 21 January 2011 11:27 AM

    This is not discovery of JVP MP, agriculture department saying this for long time and trying to educate farmers and businessmen but unfortunately they doesn't listen them

    Catherine Friday, 21 January 2011 11:24 AM

    Are the plastic gunny bags that are used at present, banned? Then what is the fate of these manufacturers? They will be thrown on to the road overnight.

    Bishi Friday, 21 January 2011 11:23 AM

    Excellent move! more than 20% of the F&V is damaged whilst transporting and storage, this will reduce to a great extent

    M.H.Sheriff Friday, 21 January 2011 11:20 AM

    JVP was telling this from its inception. still non of the Govts could fulfill this tasks.

    Cynic Friday, 21 January 2011 10:23 AM

    If they don't comply? Import the damn commodities.

    bandar Friday, 21 January 2011 09:40 AM

    The minister needs to out line clearly about food grade plastics, and food grade quality materials for the containers. Otherwise, health minister will have to step in.

    local boy Friday, 21 January 2011 09:39 AM

    good one sir

    janaka Friday, 21 January 2011 09:37 AM

    i think this was done 10 years ago.. but similar to all the NEW things the government introduces. people and the government soon forgets about them. Say people began using the new method, after like 2-3 months they go back to the old method..


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