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* Netherlands agrees to provide free agricultural education and technical knowledge to Sri Lanka
Thu, Nov 26, 2020, 01:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 26, Colombo: The Government of the Netherlands is ready to provide free higher and post education and technical knowledge related to agriculture in Sri Lanka, said the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka, Tanja Gonggrijp.

Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Agriculture held discussions with the Ambassador Gonggrijp at the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday (25). Deputy Ambassador Anuk Baron also participated in the discussions.

While the two sides discussed bolstering the bilateral agricultural cooperation between the two countries, the discussions were focused more on the development projects such as integrated multi-crop agriculture and water treatment and management.

The Netherlands is a major supplier of fruits and vegetables to Europe, imported and processed from other countries. Although the agricultural production is only 1.66% of GDP, the Netherlands is Europe’s largest supplier of intermediate trade, and also a major player in Europe in terms of flower and fruit trade.

The Netherlands is a world leader in the use of advanced technology in packaging, preservative healthcare technology, storage and many other services.

Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage requested the Ambassador to share their knowledge, technology, experience as well as agricultural education facilities with Sri Lanka.

The two sides have been able to come to a preliminary agreement to create market opportunities for ornamental flowers produced by modern knowledge and technology

Ambassador Gonggrijp assured the Minister that the Government of the Netherlands is ready to provide all such assistance free of charge.

The Ambassador stressing that the Netherlands is ready to develop relations with Sri Lanka as two long standing allies said all the steps taken by the Government, especially the President, to uplift Sri Lanka in the field of agriculture are commended and the Government of the Netherlands is coordinating to provide all necessary assistance.

The Minister said that education on post-harvest technology is essential for our country.

The Minister of Agriculture also drew the attention of the Dutch Ambassador to Sri Lanka for the knowledge required for the export of harvests and for the need for internationally recognized assistance such as standardized packaging.

The Ambassador of the Netherlands, Tanya Gonggrijp told the Minister that all such assistance could be provided and that more attention would be paid to development projects such as integrated multi-crop agriculture and water treatment management.


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