Improving Safety and Quality

of the Sri Lankan fruits and vegetables

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  • Tomatoe
  • Mango
  • pine
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Project in Brief

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Build and sustain the competence of public and private stakeholders to comply with quality and food safety international requirements

The project addresses the following Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues identified

  • Improper pesticide and fertilizer use
  • Poor post harvest practices
  • Lack of awareness and training
  • Lack of a proper pest risk analysis system
  • Poor coordination & communication among different stakeholders

This project assists local farmers to improve quality of their produce, obtain better
prices and increase supply of high quality, safe fruits and vegetables to meet both local and international demand.


Key Outputs:

  • The value chains of selected crops of fruits and vegetables with high income generation and export potential are assessed
  • Enhanced availability of information on updated regulated pest list
  • Enhanced capacity of public and private stakeholders on understanding and complying with SPS standards, pest risk analysis/surveillance and improved entrepreneurial skills
  • Enhanced availability, accessibility and awareness of information on and compliance with SPS standards
  • Improved public-private cooperation and networking between stakeholders

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Main Benefits


  • Enhanced knowledge and capacity to produce quality and safe fruits and vegetables
  • Safe and efficient use of chemicals and fertilizer
  • Higher entrepreneurial, marketing and financial management skills
  • Better links between buyers and producers
  • Better access to information on quality & safety requirements, quality & safety management
  • Better prices and higher income levels

Super markets, Hotels, Restaurants, Processors, Exporters

  • Increased awareness of SPS standards
  • Increased capability of obtaining international safety certification
  • Better backward links with farmers
  • Improved links with government institutes and officials
  • Increased availability of quality products for local and export market

Agricultural Extension Staff

  • Enhanced knowledge on SPS standards
  • Enhanced ability to train and guide farmers on how to produce quality and safe products
  • Improved knowledge of soft skills needed by farmers such as access to finance, marketing,
    negotiating contracts and ability to train the farmers in these aspects
  • Better access to training materials and other relevant manuals/guides

Plant Quarantine Officials

  • Improved pest risk analysis, pest surveillance and pest management skills
  • Better awareness on export market phytosanitary requirements
  • Improved access to information


  • Access to safe and high quality fruits and vegetables
  • Low post harvest losses leading to increase in availability of
  • fruits and vegetables
  • Reduction in the excessive use of fertilizer/chemicals
  • Less damage to environment

Videos produced under STDF project 354 “Improving Safety and Quality of the Sri Lankan Fruits and Vegetables”

Study tour to Milan

Study tour to Thailand

Matchmaking meeting: Noberasco/Sri Lankan farmer

One-on-one: Ruwan Hemage, Farmer

One-on-one: Gabriele Noberasco, Vice President, Noberasco

One-on-one: Lal de Silva, ITC National Project Manager

One-on-one: Annes Junaid, Chairman, Sri Lankan fruit & vegetable association

One-on-one: Suresh Ellawala, Director, Ellawala Horticulture