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Department of Export Agriculture is a technical Department which produce new technologies for improvement of traditional cultivation, harvesting and processing practices of Export Agriculture Crops. To transfer new technologies to stake holders of the sector training activities have been organized in broad spectrum. Training programs of the department include In-service training, Farmer training and Cinnamon peeler training

In-Service Training

In-Service training center of the department is located at Elwala, Matale. The centre has residential facilities and equipped with all learning facilities.

For Whom :
In-service training programs are conducted for Farmer Groups, Community Based Organizations, NGOs, groups of Entrepreneurs, Other public/semi public Institutes or Departments who are interested in gaining knowledge on cultivation, processing and marketing of  EAC such as Cinnamon, Pepper, Coffee, Cocoa etc.

Nature of the Service :
Training programs are conducted at the In-Service Training Centre located at Elwala, Matale. Programs are essentialy residential. Duration vary from 2-5 days. Lectures are conducted by traing officers of the ISTC, Reseach Officers , Assistant Directors and external resource persons.

Lectures will folow practical sessions in cultivation plots near to ISTC. Field visits are also arranged according to the necessaties of programs. Food and lodging are provided to the trainees.

How to apply for the service :
Submit a written request to Director General, Deputy Director (Technical I) or to the Assistant Director (ISTC).Requests can also be made to DG or AD(ISTC) through district ADs.  Service is provided at At free of charge. Applications should be forwarded atleast within three months after the request

Responsible Officers and contact information :
Mrs. Hemamali Amunugama, Assistant Director, In-Service Training Centre
Mr. U.M Gunasinghe, Director (Technical)

Farmer Training


For Whom :
Farmer training programs are conducted for Farmers, Farmer Groups and Community Based Organizations who are interested in solving field problems in cultivation, processing and marketing of EAC such as Cinnamon, Pepper, Coffee, Cocoa etc.

Nature of the Service :
Extension Officers or Research and Development Assistants conduct the farmer training classes. Training is given either in farmer fields or as a group class in a selected venue. Type of training is decided by mutual discussions of trainers and Farmers. Training is given in the fields of soil conservation, crop establishment, shade control, pest disease control, fertilizer application etc. for EAC.

How to apply for the service :
Request can be made to the Extension Officer based at the nearest Agrarian Service Centre (only on wednesdays 8.30 a.m - 4.15 p.m) or to the District Assistant Director of the district. Service is at free of charge and should apply atleast before 03 months of the requested date.

Responsible Officers and contact information :
District Assistant Director
Extension Officer based at the nearest Agrarian Service Centre

Cinnamon Peeler Training


For Whom :
Cinnamon Farmers, Farmer Groups or Community Based Organizations who are interested in learning recommended hygenic method of cinnamon peeling

Nature of the Service :
Field Training on cinnamon peeling is given by a group of skilled cinnamon peelers in a selected cinnamon garden

How to apply for the service :
Request by a letter, Fax, TP call or by personel visit to the Extension Officer based at the nearest Agrarian Service Centre (only on wednesdays 8.30 a.m - 4.15 p.m) or to the District Assistant Director or to the Research Officer-In Charge, Cinnamon Research Station, Pallolpitiya, Thihagoda

Priority is given for the requests from Southern, Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces. The service is provided at free of charge and request should be made atleast  three months before the requested date.

Responsible Officers and contact information :
Extension Officer of the area
District Assistant Director 
Research Officer In-Charge, Cinnamon Research Station, Pallolpitiya, Thihagoda

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 June 2010 13:37