Palmyra Development Board earns millions from export of palm-related production
The Palmyra Development Board says that there is a high demand for Palmyra-related products in Sri Lanka in foreign markets. The Palmyra Development Board says that there is a high demand in Canadian markets, especially for Palmyra juggary, Palmyra toddy and Palmyra liquor produced in this country.
Recently, the Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera visited the premises of the Weeravila Palmyra Development Board. There, various food items as well as house hold equipment produced related to Palmyra trees were displayed.
Currently, there are 11 million Palmyra trees in our country, but 60 percent of them are not being used. Because of this, the Palmyra Development Board has started providing special training to those interested in how to popularize Palmyra-related products as well as how to get economic benefits from them.
About 30 percent of the Palmyra trees in the northern and Eastern Provinces were destroyed during the last war and the same amount has been replanted. Dr. Krishantha Pathiraja, chairman of the PDB, informed Minister Mahinda Amaraweera that steps were taken to plant 02 lakh new Palmyra trees in the last 4 years.
By October 2023, the country’s income from the export of Palmyra-related products is 78 million rupees. There is a high demand for Palmyra jaggery, honey, Palmyra toddy and Palmyra liquor in the international market. Many food outlets that can be prepared from palm trees that grow without any chemical fertilizers or poisons are currently being maintained under the contribution of the Palmyra Development Board.
The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industry, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, who expressed his views, advised to provide more training for the palm-related food industry as well as the domestic appliance manufacturing industry in this country and prepare programs to attract those people to this industry.
The Minister also presented recruitment letters to 30 trainees for the training programs conducted under the Palmyra Development Board.
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