By Sarah Hannan
The Client Affairs Authority (CAA) on Friday (16) rejected claims that were made by the All Ceylon Requirement Coconut Oil Producers’ Association (ACTCOPA) that the CAA had really provided a gazette alert authorising the importation of blended oils.
< img src =" http://s3.amazonaws.com/themorning-aruna/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/18070931/virgin-coconut-oil-300x191.jpg%20300w,%20http://s3.amazonaws.com/themorning-aruna/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/18070931/virgin-coconut-oil.jpg%20696w "alt=""width="300"height="191"/ >” We categorically decline the claims that are made by the said organisation and can ensure that there is no such gazette notice or directive that was released by our authority in 2016,” CAA Director Asela Bandara verified to The Sunday Morning.
The ACTCOPA had last month requested for that the Federal federal government take immediate action and rescind the supposed gazette notice provided by the CAA on 7 October 2016 under Gazette No. 195/5, authorising the importation of combined oils under the directives of then Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.
When The Sunday Morning further examined to locate a gazette issued under such a number, there were no outcomes that returned.
“We notified President Gotabaya Rajapaksa about this, however are yet to get his action to the issues that we raised. Sri Lanka currently imports 240,000 metric tonnes of palm oil a year, which would create an extra earnings of around Rs. 20,000 million for large-scale racketeers who are gaining from today gazette alert,” ACTCOPA Convenor Buddhika de Silva informed the media at a present press rundown.
The ACTCOPA requested the Government to provide them with the important basic materials and devices to minimize costs big amounts of money to import oil from other nations.
He triggered that the Federal federal government should think of providing loans at concessionary rate of interest to enhance the reducing regional coconut oil market.
“If we are enabled to import copra and shredded coconut instead of importing coconut oil from abroad, we would have the ability to increase the local coconut oil production,” de Silva added.