First shipment of imported coconut kernel expected on Friday

Plantations Development Minister Naveen Dissanayake yesterday said, in order to control the escalating price of coconuts, the Ministry had decided to import coconut kernel.

The Minister said the country’s coconut output was not sufficient for domestic consumption as factories purchased most of it for the production of coconut based products.

"Price of coconuts have increased as a result."he said adding that a decision had been taken to import coconut kernel to be used for coconut based products so that coconuts could be made available for domestic use.

First consignment of coconut kernel imported to the country will arrive here on Friday January 5.

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