COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - Sri Lanka's first Multi-purpose Gamma Irradiation Facility (MGIF) was declared open at Biyagama Investment Zone February 17th with the participation of the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa as the chief guest, local media reported.
The Atomic Energy Authority-run facility adjoining the Free Trade Zone in Biyagama will provide facilities to sterilize medical equipment and medicine, plant quarantine services and to conduct experiments.
Agriculture and medical equipment manufacturers, rubber gloves manufactures, exporters, patients and the general public will benefit from this facility completed at a total cost of Rs.760 million.
The applications of MGIF include radiation sterilization of medical products, food irradiation, polymer modification (Hydro-gel films for wound dressing) and radiation vulcanization of Natural Rubber Latex (RVNRL).
The Atomic Energy Authority provided the technical assistance under the Technical Cooperation programme of the International Atomic Energy Agency to set up the facility, the report said. Read more here Irradiation Sri Lanka...