| July 19, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: Sri Lankan fruit
and vegetable producers see a market for their products
outside the countries borders and they are hoping the
government will help them secure it. The Sri Lanka Fruits
and Vegetable Producers, Processors and Exporters Association
believes it can double exports to more than LKR6bn (US$58.4m)
in the coming year with government assistance.
The association has highlighted a strong demand for
its products in Europe and the Maldives. However, Sri
Lankan exporters are struggling to compete with subsidized
exports from other countries. The Association believes
that the new government’s decision to give high
priority to agriculture may help to develop the sector.