Mercy Corps Fair to boost Akkaraipattu food industry

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 February 2006, 17:37 GMT]
Two-day Food Processing Fair organized Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian organization which has its headquarters in the USA, UK and Hong Kong, began in Athaullah Auditorium at Akkaraipattu in Amparai district in the eastern province Saturday morning. Ms Jancie Yaden, Mercy Corps' Regional Programme Manager gave the inaugural address, sources said.

Food Processing Fair.
People viewing the fair.
Food Processing Fair.
Mercy Corps Regional Programme Manager Ms Janice Yaden speaking at the inaugural event of the fair.
Food Processing Fair was organized to draw 125 enterprises in Amparai district, ranging from local food processors to national companies, with the aim of forging market links between the national-level service and equipment providers and small scale food processors in the Amparai district, Mercy Corps officials said. Local small scale businesses involved in milling, curd production, spice production, baking, fish drying, cashew roasting, value- added processing and other such activities will benefit from this event, officials said.

After the Food Processing Fair is completed, participating local individual producers or groups will be invited to compete for an estimated 20 grants of approximately three hundred thousand Sri Lanka Rupees to further develop their business. The hope is that these business or groups will have spotted new opportunities or technologies at the Fair that Mercy Corps could help them achieve with a follow-on small grant, Mercy Corps said in a press release.

"From reconstruction to economic recovery, Mercy Corps chose to focus on food processing since 45 percent of Amparai district is involved in the production of food. An early economic assessment of the country conducted by Mercy Corps cited food processing as a solid growth industry, with minimal capital investment and widespread impact on the processors in the district do not have access to improved food processing technologies, good processing standards or marketing information," Mercy Corps added in its press release.

Food Processing Fair.
Exhibits in the FPF.

External Links:
US: Mercy Corps


Latest 15 Reports
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
Find this article at: