Workshop on value addition of spices
assortment of Sri Lankan spices
The Spice Council with the objective of delivering the knowledge and
scientific know-how on value addition of spices and to make the spice
traders, exporters and growers aware of spice value addition organized a
one day workshop at the In-Service Training Centre, Department of Export
Agriculture (DEA) in Ukuwela, Matale recently.
The workshop was sponsored by Sri Lanka Export Development Board and
assisted by Department of Export Agriculture. Chairman of Sri Lanka
Export Development Board Anil Koswatte was the chief guest and Director,
Department of Export Agriculture Lionel Gunarathne, Deputy Director
(Technical) Y.M. Gunasingha, DEA research officers of the DEA Thusharee
Liyanage and Sampath Induruwa and Senior Research Officer of Industrial
Technology Institute K.R. Dayananda were present. D.A. Perera, Chairman,
Fazal Mushin, Vice Chairman, Prof. Jayasiri Lankage, Secretary and Anver
Chatoor, Member of the Board represented the Spice Council.
Commencing the workshop, the Chairman of the Spice Council and the
Managing Director of EOAS International (Pvt) Ltd D.A. Perera, welcomed
the participants and explained the objective of the workshop.
The Chief Guest Chairman of EDB Anil Koswatte, explained the measures
taken by the Government to alleviate the present crisis which the spice
industry faced. He commenced the contribution offered by the Spice
Council on this regard.
Director of DEA Lional Gunarathne, outlined the assistance given by
the Department for the progress of spice industry. A panel discussion
was held before the workshop concluded. Participants were able to get
immediate solutions for the problems faced by them and further
clarifications on the production of value added spice products.