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Mango to yield over US $ 300 m foreign exchange annually

The Exports Crops Cultivation Department of the Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Ministry has launched a programme to grow Tom EJC mangoes under the ‘Soubagyaye Dekma’ of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Its Director Pansilu Watawala told Daily News that the programme is already underway in Embilipitiya, Kurunegala, Ampara, Polonnaruwa and Kataragama.

“We are now growing mangoes in the Anuradhapura district. About 150,000 mango plants will be grown by 10,000 selected framers. The venture aims at earning an income over 800 million US dollars after three years,” he said. “Over 107,000 TJC mango saplings have already been distributed among the farmers in 22 DS divisions of the district. Under the first phase, each farmer is provided with 25 mango plants for a ¼ acre plot. A group of development officers will guide the farmers,” Watawala said.

“Three million mango saplings will be planted in the selected villages. A big demand for TJC mango is in the Middle East, European countries and Japan,” he said.

Founder of the Ellawala Botanical Gardens Company Deshabandhu Tom Ellawala along with Agriculture Researcher Juwan Carlos introduced the new mango variety Tom ECJallays or TJC. It provides harvest eight months of the year. The Anuradhapura Saliyapura Gajaba Regiment and the Nikawewa Air Force Flying Squad, too, will set up model TJC mango gardens.

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