The Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage refused to reintroduce the free plant subsidy to big spice producing plantation companies, saying that productivity in the country’s spice industry can be increased if the plants are provided to households.
“Plantations can easily create their own nurseries. If they want, we can provide them with the technology. It’s not rocket science,” Daya Gamage said at the Spices and Allied Products Producers Association (SAPPTA) Annual General Meeting.
Eight housing projects are nearing construction in six divisional secretariat division areas of Ampara district. These are in realization of an election promise given by minister Daya Gamage to build houses for the 27,000 homeless in the district.
Twenty five houses are nearing construction at Arunapura,Damana, 50 houses atUhana, Samanabedda and Weeragoda and 25 houses at Henanigala, Dehiattakandiya.
Minister Daya Gamage says the objective of his primary industries ministry is to assist the farmers, cultivators, producers and the exporters to win the international market.
Speaking at theinauguraration of ‘Prime Expo 2016’ export agriculture exhibition at Kandy City Centre, he said a series of similar exhibitions would be held elsewhere in the country.