Representing the UNP, Minister Daya Gamage and deputy minister Dr. Anoma Gamage attended the ICAPP conference in Malaysia.
Also a standing committee member of the Conference, Mr. Gamage addressed the event.
Dr. Gamage, a women’s committee vice president, too, spoke at the Conference.
On the sidelines of the meeting, minister Gamage had a meeting with Malaysia’s plantation industries minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong. According to the Malaysian minister, Malaysia’s exports to Sri Lanka rose by around 44 per cent in the first half of this year.
Malaysia's exports to Sri Lanka jumped 44 percent to RM 414.05 million (Rs. 14.6 billion) in the first half of the year, up from RM 286.23 million in the same period last year.
Malaysia's Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said the palm oil products valued at RM 267.71 million largely contributed to the increase as well as timber and timber products worth RM 105.41 million. Export of rubber and rubber products valued at RM 35.04 million and cocoa and cocoa products worth RM 5.88 million followed.
The Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage refused to reintroduce the free plant subsidy to big spice producing plantation companies, saying that productivity in the country’s spice industry can be increased if the plants are provided to households.
“Plantations can easily create their own nurseries. If they want, we can provide them with the technology. It’s not rocket science,” Daya Gamage said at the Spices and Allied Products Producers Association (SAPPTA) Annual General Meeting.