The Grapes producers have expressed concern that their products are being curtailed within local marketing.
Grapes harvesting is in progress now in the Jaffna District. In the Jaffna District Grapes is cultivated largely in Vali East and Vali North. This time Farmers themselves are selling grapes near their farms and along road sides. Comenting on their predicament the farmers said, that, grapes could be cultivated successfully in Jaffna District. If we get adequate assistance, export of grapes could be done on a large scale. The resources for export are not in our possession. We are earning our profits by selling our produce directly.
Some years back they provided the concrete posts for the cultivation. Thereafter, no assistance is forthcoming. The officers from Agricultural Department will only inspect the cultivation and go.
If the Ministry of Agriculture and relevant Officials will find out our real condition and provide us with the incentives and assistance we could undertake better grapes cultivation. We could also take our district to a leading position in grapes export, they said.