Local News: Basil Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival, says that producers of fruit drinks should be encouraged to increase their production capacity and buy more produce from farmers.
Last week, Mr. Rajapaksa met with large-scale producers of fruit drinks and said that he was proposing to reduce the tax on goods in order to allow their goods to be exported.
Mr. Rajapaksa also pointed out that beverage suppliers are responsible for further reducing the sugar content of fruit beverages.
He said more collection centers for vegetables and fruits should be built to acquire the produce of the farmers. In other nations, including Europe, fruit juices and vegetable juices are in great demand. Consequently, the living conditions of the local farming community can also be enhanced by increased exports.
Mr. Rajapaksa said it can be expected to achieve export market targets by exporting fruits and vegetables processed as juices. The government will maintain the incentives for such endeavors at a high level, he said.
It was also emphasized that the measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to reduce the amount of sugar consumed have been commended globally.
Mr. Rajapaksa stressed that making tax relief recommendations would not promote the consumption of sugar, adding that manufacturers should be interested in launching fruit drinks to the market in the future under the label ‘no added sugar’.
Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and State Ministers Sashindra Rajapaksa and Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Treasury Secretary SR Attygalle and several others also joined the discussion. More Local News