Sri Lanka: Agricultural goods to again be transported via rail after 50 years

After 50 years, the Sri Lankan Department of Agriculture has decided to resume the use of railway services once again for the transportation of agricultural goods. According to Mahindananga Aluthgamage, the Minister of Agriculture, the aim of this initiative is to reduce high costs incurred when transporting agricultural goods via main roads, reduce traffic congestion, and minimize environmental pollution.

The Minister further noted that under this initiative, fertilizer will be transported directly between Colombo and the Trincomalee port. Moreover, export products such as vegetables, fruits, and tea will be transported from the Northern, Southern, and Central agricultural lands, to the urban areas.


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