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ITISL on destruction of veggies, fruits

The Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka (ITISL) yesterday paid special attention over the destruction of nearly 40 per cent of fresh vegetable and fruits while being transported from distant cultivation areas to the Manning Market at Peliyagoda and other major vegetable markets countrywide.

The ITISL said that maintaining proper transportation guidelines will be beneficial to transporters.

According to ITISL vegetable and fruits are mainly transported from the cultivation districts of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Girithale, Nuwara Eliya, Wilimada, Ampara, Anuradhapura and other economic centres to Colombo and the suburban towns.

ITISL, Additional Director General (Research) Prof. Ilmi Hewajulige said vegetable and fruit destruction during transportations could also be minimized from the current 40 per cent to at least around 10 per cent when using plastic boxes to transport certain varieties of vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, cabbage, leeks, green vegetable, lime, chilies, capsicum, oranges, mangoes, pineapple, grapes etc.

Prof. Hewajulige also highlighted in addition destructions caused to vegetable and fruits could also be minimized if the harvest of certain vegetable and fruits is reaped at the correct time following proper agriculture harvesting methods.

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