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Development Division


4.1 Introduction
The Development Division of the Department plays a significant role to provide technical
advice and guidance to stakeholders; to produce and distribute planting materials and to grant
financial assistance for them with view of promotion of the EAC sector. The division is
headed by an Additional Director General (Development) supported by three Directors
(Development), each of them has been assigned two provinces, for the effective management
and implementation of the EAC development program. In addition, Assistant Directors
Highlights of Development Division
 A business Advisory unit (BAU) was established at the
headquarter
 Two grand scale ‘Prime Expo’ exhibitions were held
successfully in Kandy and Embilipitiya to promote EACs
 To increase the productivity of pepper cultivation ‘Shade
Pruning Month was launched from 2016.11.05 to
2016.112.05
 ‘Danasaviya’ program, a program to strengthen the
economy of women through EAC home gardening
completed it’s first phase improving 53,152 home
gardens
 The best three pepper farmers were given a study tour to
China for studying spice value addition
 Annual Cinnamon harvest offering ceremony was held at
Seenigama Devalaya, praying for prosperity to the
cinnamon industry
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attached to the respective districts, Extension Officers in-charge of the Extension Officer
Ranges, Research and Development Assistants and Development Officers attached to the
divisions worked as a supportive staff to continue the services and functions of the
development division.
The development activities and services of the division mainly focused on the wet and
intermediate zones of Sri Lanka covering 14 districts viz Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya,
Kurunegala, Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Kegalle, Ratnapura,
Badulla and Moneragala. In 2016 three new offices were opened in Ampara, Polonnaruwa
and Anuradhapura Districts to expand EAC development activities thereby introduction of
EACs to non-traditional areas was continued.

The Development Division of the Department plays a significant role to provide technical Advice and guidance to stakeholders; to produce and distribute planting materials and to grant Financial assistance for them with view of promotion of the EAC sector. The division is Headed by an Additional Director General (Development) supported by three Directors (Development), each of them has been assigned two provinces, for the effective management and implementation of the EAC development program. In addition, Assistant Directors attached to the respective districts, Extension Officers in-charge of the Extension OfficerRanges, Research and Development Assistants and Development Officers attached to the Divisions worked as a supportive staff to continue the services and functions of theDevelopment division. The development activities and services of the division mainly focused on the wet and Intermediate zones of Sri Lanka covering 14 districts viz Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunegala, Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Badulla and Moneragala. In 2016 three new offices were opened in Ampara, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura Districts to expand EAC development activities thereby introduction of EACs to non-traditional areas was continued.

 

The following major programs were carried out by the development division

1. New/Replanting program

Export agriculture crops investment assistance scheme is being implemented for new planting program is given in table 4.3.1.1 and the progress of the new planting program has been summarized in table 4.3.1.2. In 2016 planting materials for new cultivations of EACs were given recording 50% of cost of plants.

2. Danasaviya Economic Home Garden Development Program

This program was implemented to strengthen the economy of women through cultivation of EACs in their home gardens. The beneficiaries were trained and provided planting materials free of charge which are well suited to the area as well as to the home garden. Crop combinations offered in this program.

3. Productivity improvement program

The Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) was introduced to increase the production of the existing EAC cultivations per unit area, where production is below the potentials due to low crop density and poor crop management. According to research findings most of the soils in cinnamon growing areas are acidic and soils of other crop such as pepper, clove, nutmeg, coffee and cocoa need nutrient management to develop root system to tolerate drought conditions. To meet these challenges growers were assisted with technical advice and supplying of dolomite to existing low production cinnamon lands and rock phosphate to existing cultivations of pepper, cocoa, coffee, clove and nutmeg in order to improve the existing cultivations from the cash grant provided under the assistance scheme. Adoption of recommended agronomic practices such as filling vacancies, adoption of proper soil and moisture conservation measures, crop and shade tree pruning, integrated plant nutrient management and integrated pest management are the practices required to qualify under the assistance scheme.

4. Post-Harvest assistance and quality improvement Programme

Post-harvest advisory service unit (PHASU) was established in 1998 to upgrade the quality of export agricultural crop products and continued it activities during the reporting year too. The main objective of this assistance scheme was to maintain the quality of the product to be competitive in international markets, product diversification and value addition and to facilitate marketing of EAC products

 

This program was implemented to strengthen the economy of women through cultivation of EACs in their home gardens. The beneficiaries were trained and provided planting materials free of charge which are well suited to the area as well as to the home garden.

For enhansing the business of quality and value aded spice products in sri lanka,  Department of export agriculture established this  new division, for more detalis call 0716099990 or  0812079090 Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Our prime objective is to give a better price for all the stakeholders engaged in export agricultural crops section by creation and information network and building a close relationship among them. 1000 farmers will be register under the Ecological Green Farming programme and will be supporting them to obtain organic and fair-trade certificate. Current existing post harvest processing centers will be provided with the GMP certification and direct them to change value added and quality products

Planting materials are provided free of charge to all farmers who have been enrolled in the Development assistance scheme and successfully completed the land preparation activities as per DEA requirements. The planting materials were raised mainly in registered private nurseries and Departmental nurseries under the close supervision of Extension personnel of the DEA.

Table 1: Distribution of nurseries

District Private Nurseries Government Nurseries Total
Kurunegala 38 03 41
Matale 48 01 49
Kandy 70 01 71
Nuwara Eliya 39 02 41
Badulla 52 - 52
Monaragala 73 - 73
Hambantota 36 - 36
Matara 87 01 88
Galle 70 - 70
Colombo 19 - 19
Gampaha 30 01 31
Kegalle 50 01 51
Ratnapura 73 - 73
Anuradhapura 27 27
Polonnaruwa 23 23
kaluthara 36 36
Ampara 36 36
Total 807 10 817

The Location  of  the government nurseries are listed below

  1. Serapees Plant Nurseries-Polgahawela
  2. Central Plant nurseries-Holongolla,Dodangaslanda,
  3. Central Plant nurseries--Wennoruwa,Narammala
  4. Central Plant nurseries-Black Water,Ginihaththena
  5. Central Plant nurseries-Mulhalkele ,Walapana
  6. Central Plant nurseries-Elwela ,Matale
  7. Central Plant nurseries-Mapalana,Kaburupitiya
  8. Central Plant nurseries-Gasnawa,Kegalle
  9. Central Plant nurseries-Walpita

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:44