Sri Lanka thieves hot on spices

Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

Sept 18, 2009 (LBO) – Theft of spices from Sri Lankan gardens is a
serious problem that could kill the trade, the new head of the
island’s spice traders association has said. The global demand for spices will continue to increase because of
growing awareness that consumption of spices contribute to good
health, he said.

Spice trade officials said there was not enough cultivation to meet
the demand and that is production was increased more could be
exported. Christopher Fernando, chairman of the Spices and Allied Products
Traders Association (SAPPTA) called for government intervention to
curb thefts of spices, which is a key export from the island.

He said the trade was trying to encourage increased cultivation of
spices especially among plantations companies with huge land banks
because of the export demand and potential to increase shipments.

But Fernando told the association’s annual meeting that theft of
produce is “killing the spice industry”, according to a statement..

“No serious investor will invest his money and time if he cannot reap
his harvest,” Fernando said.

“We implore the government to introduce deterrents against theft of
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