Construction of Sri Lanka’s first temperature and humidity controlled warehouse for perishable produce was launched last week by non-cabinet Minister of Economic Reform and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva, and High Commissioner of India Shri Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

The 500 metric ton complex is constructed with funds from de Silva’s ministry and a financial grant from the Government of India.

It is located in a six acre allotment in the premises of the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre for storing vegetables, fruits and other perishables.

Addressing a gathering last week, de Silva said the agricultural storage complex is scheduled to be completed within six months, and will provide farmers in the area the ability to store their excess fruits and vegetables at a concessionary price for a longer period of time, thereby minimising post-harvest losses.

He also stated that the ministry intends to build new agro cold storage warehouses in Keppetipola (covering the Central Province), Jaffna (Northern Province) and Embilipitiya (Southern Province).