Local News Update: Imports of pepper, dried areca nut, tamarind, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, cloves and ginger have been banned with effect from midnight on December 5 on the instructions of Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economy and Policy Development Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The release said the object of this measure was to encourage and provide incentives in the country to growers of minor export crops and small and medium-sized industrialists.
“The manufacture of spices for re-export was also prohibited in the Gazette notification issued under the Finance Act’s commercial nerve center clauses.
The release said this would carry dividends to farmers in 9 districts who cultivate agricultural products.
“In a second notification to the Gazette released under the Finance Act, steps will be taken to control the import of lanterns, kites and joss sticks from Vesak that are productive local cottage industries,” the release said.
The release said no permits would be given for any garbage preparation or recycling projects for transshipment or re-export purposes as well. Such steps were taken to prevent damage to the reputation of Sri Lanka as a brand name for export.