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* Sri Lanka develops production of Kithul palm honey targeting foreign markets
Thu, Feb 7, 2013, 11:31 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 07, Colombo: Director of Sri Lanka's Industrial Technology Institute Dr. G.A.S. Premakumara says that the institute is providing technical assistance to develop the production of honey from Kithul and Palmyrah palms.

The Institute aims to introduce Kithul honey to the world markets similar to Maple Honey that is sold widely, the Director said.

With the use of proper technology the Kithul palm tree can also be a major export crop like coconut and rubber, the official said adding that exports of Kithul honey can earn a substantial foreign exchange to the country.

The Institute has already provided training to 30,000 people on proper tapping of the palm for a more productive yield.

Dr. Premakumara pointed out that a minimum of Rs. 100,000 per month can be earned from tapping 10 Kithul palms.

The Director added that the Institute is planning to provide technology to promote the Palmyrah palm industry in the North and east.

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