- Published on Monday, 15 July 2013 12:13
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Ayurveda Expo 2013 which was the 4th Ayurveda International Exhibition held in Sri Lanka successfully ended at the BMICH yesterday. Ayurveda is becoming a leading foreign exchange earner with U.S.$ 260,000 worth exports last year.
The exhibition was organized by the National Chamber of Commerce in association with the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Authority and Sri Lanka Conventions Bureau.
The exhibition focused mainly on Ayurveda medicine and healing, lifestyle, wellness, nature friendly health food, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, homeopathy, beauty care products and a host of other related sectors. The exhibition had stalls from local Ayurveda practitioners and some others from India, China, Thailand, France, Germany and South Africa.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said the exhibition was highly successful and with Sri Lanka’s surging tourism numbers and rising global demand of herbal products have resulted in an Ayurveda revenue boom in Sri Lanka. He said that Ayurveda exports last year increased by a strong 95% in comparison to 2010 Ayurveda export volumes.
The Minister said that Sri Lanka’s total medicament exports in all categories in 2012, stood at $3.5 Million, increasing by 3.8% over 2011 exports. We exported $260,000 worth of ‘Ayurveda only products’ in 2012. He said that this is a strong 95% increase, in comparison to 2010 Ayurveda exports. Minister Bathiudeen said the leading buyers of our herbal exports in 2012 were Australia, Maldives, Japan, India and Albania.(niz)