| 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.