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Aug 25, 2011 5:49:03 AM - itnnews.lk

The Government will strictly enforce the delayed post-harvest waste reduction laws from the first of next month.

Accordingly, vegetable and fruit transporters have been advised to use only plastic craters and cardboard boxes in transporting vegetable and fruit. This has been done through a handbook. The Trade Ministry has brought this law at the beginning of the year.

However, it postponed implementation giving ample time to the stakeholders to adjust to the change. The Consumer Affairs Authority has taken measures to take legal action against improper transportation of vegetables and fruits. The purpose of the move is to prevent 30 percent post-harvest wastage incurred in the agriculture sector.

The Trade Ministry said that a large percentage of vegetables go waste due to improper use of packaging in delivery. It said the country can save 20 Billion annually if plastic crates are used to transport the produce.