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2nd King Coconut cultivation village to be established

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The establishment of the second king coconut cultivation village in the vicinity of Murutawela Raluwa village with the aim of exportation was done yesterday (25) by the Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industry, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera.

The first village to grow king Coconut for export started last year in Pahala Muruthawela and 10,000 king Coconut saplings are going to be planted in these two villages.

Currently, there is a huge demand for Sri Lankan king Coconut in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, there is a high demand for king Coconut produced in our country from many other countries.

About 252,000 king coconuts are exported from this country to the United Arab Emirates per week. By exporting king Coconut, an income of two billion rupees has been earned in 2022, and last year (2023) the expected income was six billion rupees.

King Coconut is a native crop of Sri Lanka and although many countries have tried to grow king coconut, those efforts have failed due to lack of high taste like king coconut in Sri Lanka. Because of this, Sri Lanka still has the monopoly in the world market for king coconut in this country. In order to harvest the maximum fruits from this situation, several villages especially in the Murutawela area have been used to cultivate king coconut plantations as a crop from now on.

Accordingly, the minister distributed 1600 king coconut saplings to the farmers yesterday (25) for the cultivation of the second king coconut cultivation model village. The Chairman of the Coconut Cultivation Board Mrs. Madhavi Herath and others participated in that event.

The minister who expressed his views here-The tastiest king coconut in the world is the Sri Lankan king coconut. Therefore, steps will be taken to make Sri Lankan king coconut popular in the world with the Sri Lanka Sweet Coconut brand, and the Coconut Development Board and the Coconut Development Authority have been given the necessary program for that.

And currently, in many countries including the United Arab Emirates, king coconuts are sold for 1500 to 2000 rupees per fruit by Sri Lanka. There is no competition from any country in the world for the king coconuts of SL. Now the competition is between the businessmen of our country. 200 containers of king coconut are exported to the Dubai market per month.

At present, the export of king coconuts to our country fetches as little as 1000 rupees per fruit. The minister also mentioned that the exporters agreed to maintain this amount at the level of 2000 rupees.

It is certain that king coconut will become the main export crop of our country in the future. Even now we cannot provide even 02 percent of the high demand in the world. Therefore, the Minister also mentioned that he advised the Coconut Cultivation Board to take steps to expand king coconut cultivation country wide.

(dailynews.lk)

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Ceylon tea exports offset $60M of Sri Lanka’s fuel debt to Iran

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board announced yesterday that exports of Ceylon Tea have successfully offset a substantial portion of the country’s fuel bill owed to Iran, amounting to US $ 60 million.

Since 2011, Sri Lanka has accumulated an arrears of US $ 251 million for fuel imports from Iran.

Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Niraj De Mel said that the settlement was achieved, as exports of tea to Iran tripled during this period.

Facing financial challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and domestic economic downturn, Sri Lanka struggled to meet its financial obligations to Iran, due to the foreign exchange shortages.

To resolve this issue, an agreement was reached between the two nations, focusing on settling outstanding debts through tea exports.

De Mel reported that tea exports to Iran from January to May 2024 totalled 4.98 million kilogrammes, a significant increase compared to 1.85 million kilogrammes exported during the same period in 2023.

(dailymirror.lk)
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Sri Lanka to Host ICC Annual General Meeting, July 19-22

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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Mervin Backs Wijeyadasa for President

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Former Sri Lankan Minister Mervin Silva is backing Minister (Dr) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, as potential candidates for President.

“This country needs a leader who can take it forward,” Silva asserted.

As election campaigns intensify, he highlighted the tendency of politicians to make extravagant promises. 

Drawing from his experience serving under Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva recalled the distribution of various items, including material and undergarments, during campaigns. Despite these efforts, Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election.

Similarly, Silva pointed out that Sajith Premadasa’s massive rallies at Galle Face Green did not secure victory. 

“We need a leader,” Silva emphasized, *”who can uphold law and order, enforce laws effectively, and collaborate with experts.”

In his opinion, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stands out as the best candidate for the presidency. Silva also mentioned ongoing discussions with President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne.

“Deceitful politicians,” Silva concluded, “must be held accountable and sent home.”

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