The Lanka Fruit & Vegetable Producers, Processors and Exporters Association (LFVPPEA) have through their direct intervention during the past few years interacted with government ministries, statutory authorities & departments and relevant stakeholders and have being successful in establishing a common understanding and consensus in implementing new thinking and a progressive activities to the sector.
The Association regularly conducts seminars and awareness workshops amongst the stakeholders including for and not limited to:
post-harvest technology, application of pesticides, weedicides and fertilizer.
packaging for export, airport ground handling
Importance of adhering to international import regulations & certifications such as GAP, GMP, HACCP, ISO
Subsidizing of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce/WTO Project on agricultural extension, pre & post-harvest technology and knowledge development with Rs.500,000/= (this is a project whereby Agricultural Department Extension Officers are trained as trainers to impart agricultural extension knowledge
Currently, the Association is working with the Export Development Board and Department of Agriculture in order to interact with selected regional/District Extension Officers in order to implement the government's budget decision of alienating coconut plantation land for under-plantation and inter cropping, and utilizing them for increase and sustainable production through introduction of suitable planting material, cultivation based knowledge impart to farmers on what to grow, when to grow and how much to grow and in which district which agri-produce is best grown for sustainable productivity.
The Association has already submitted a manual for centralized pack-house at proposed Peliyagoda Wholesale market to Megapolis Initiative.
A separate proposal have been initiated to the Ministry of New Industries Development for the establishment of Collecting & Packaging Centers in selective grower areas.