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COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) - Since there is a high demand for strawberries in the world market, the Agriculture Ministry has approved a project to grow strawberries for export.

The approval for this project was granted by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera after a proposal was presented by a group of local investors for the implementation of the project as soon as possible.

"There is still a minimal demand for strawberries grown in our country since they are not cultivated using modern technology. Sri Lanka is ranked 57th among strawberry-exporting countries. Strawberry has a rapidly increasing annual market and as a soft fruit it is extremely popular," Minister Amaraweeera said.

During the meeting at the Ministry, it was agreed to provide one hectare of land in Nuwara Eliya belonging to the Ministry, as a pilot project under the first phase. 

Depending on the success of this project, up to 10 hectares can be given for strawberry cultivation if needed, the Minister assured.

If strawberries are cultivated with the use of new technology, it is possible to earn an income of around USD 117,600 per year from one hectare. It is also possible to get a yield of 120,000 kg from a single hectare. Also, the amount invested to cultivate one hectare is Rs. 250 million, the investors have pointed out.


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  • Sokrates Tuesday, 14 November 2023 01:47 PM

    Wishful thinking. Strawberries from Sri Lanka are not bad. However, they are nowhere near the size and quality of strawberries from Europe. There is no chance of exporting.

    Priyan66 Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:26 PM

    why need government approval for agricultural projects. approvals leads to corruption and discourage investors

    Saliya Wickramasuriya Tuesday, 14 November 2023 03:29 PM

    If you earn 117,600 USD per annum thats around 37 Million LKR. But the annual investment is claimed as 250 million LKR! What rubbish!

    Sunil Tuesday, 14 November 2023 06:35 PM

    Several years ago, when our pin president was the pm, he visited Nuwara Eliya and stated that steps should be taken to develop Nuwara Eliya aa a tourist destination and also that steps should be taken to grow strawberries methodically at Nuwara Eliya. The moment he stepped out of Nuwara Eliya he forgot both.

    Citizen Tuesday, 14 November 2023 06:44 PM

    Each district should be nominated to different verities of agricultural product based on the climate and futility of the earth. This would motivate the district wise production and easy to measure and introduce new technology.

    Pradeepkumar Ramachandran Wednesday, 15 November 2023 12:42 PM

    Already JAGRO failed with it . The demand for the Strawberry could be huge as aggregate , but the volumes per order are small. You cant grow strawberries like Mangoes . when you adhere to Intl standrads the COP is s high from SL


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