Colombo, Dec 06 (BAN/ AD): Starting Thursday night re- export of spices and minor crops has been banned by Ministry of Finance to protect the local farmers. The items banned are black pepper, Dry Areca nut, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, ginger, turmeric and cloves.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance mentioned that the importation of several commodities will be regulated through two special gazette notifications issued on the orders of the Minister of Finance, Economic and Policy Development.
The purpose of the ban is to protect and encourage small export crop growers and small and medium scale industrialists. Farmers who cultivate agro products in about 9 districts will benefit from the ban. The main objective of this move is to prevent damage to Sri Lanka’s reputation as an export brand due to re-export of substandard products.