June 22, Colombo: Steps have been taken to introduce three wheelers equipped with cold storage facilities to minimize post-harvest losses during the transport of fish, milk and vegetables.
State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi and a team of Chinese and Malaysian delegations held a special discussion recently on the introduction of three wheelers with refrigeration units in order to minimize post-harvest losses in the transport of fish, milk and vegetables.
During the discussion, more attention was paid to the facilities available for the transport of such products to avoiding any harm to the quality.
Since the losses incurred during the transport of the harvested fish as well as fresh milk and vegetables are high, the issue has become a serious problem for the producers to obtain a fair price for their products
The harvested fish harvest, as well as the milk and vegetable transport of high-value foods in the transport sector, has become a serious issue for the farmers to obtain a fair price for their products.
In addition, the consumers are also unable to buy products at a fair price and due to the post-harvest losses.
The Chinese and Malaysian delegations stressed that it would be possible to facilitate the transport of fish, milk and vegetables from farm to warehouses or sales outlets at a very low cost, which would help to reduce post-harvest losses in Sri Lanka.
State Minister Wedaarachchi said since these refrigerated three-wheelers are powered by solar power, it will be able to provide greater relief to the fishermen and farmers.
Accordingly, a program will be formulated after discussions with relevant agencies to provide loan facilities to the farmers and fishermen to purchase the refrigerated three-wheelers.