SAPPTA works closely with producers, traders:
Big demand for spices in world market
The Spices and Allied Products Producers and Tradersí Association (SAPPTA)
has been working closely with producers and traders to improve the
quality of products as there is a growing demand for our spices in the
international market, said the Associationís past Chairman M.C.M. Zarook.
We should improve the crop quantity if the rains come in September
This will be fruitful for the spice industry. Pepper, cloves and
cocoa in the Central Province will benefit from the rains. Where
cinnamon is concerned, the crop is generally good from March to May, he
However, farmers are forced to use less fertilizer due to the high
prices of fertilizer.
This has resulted in a poorer yield in export crops and steps need to
be taken to overcome this situation. It is necessary to provide farmers
with stimulus packages to help farmers and producers, he said.
A low production was recorded in the first six months of this year
due to unfavourable weather conditions.
This resulted in low volumes of exports too, he said.
Twelve plantation companies have diversified and gone in to
production of cinnamon, pepper, cashew and cardamoms.
About 1,965 hectares in Balangoda, Malwatte Valley, Chilaw,
Kabarangalla and Kurunegala are under spice cultivation at present. We
expect a 3.6 percent growth from this cultivation, he said.
The Association celebrates 25 years service towards the local spice
industry this year.
It was founded by members comprising exporters, producers,
processors, dealers, brokers and service providers to work for the
betterment of the spice industry.
At a glance:
*Good cinnamon crop from March to May
*Farmers hit by high fertilizer prices
*Twelve plantation companies diversify
*SAPPTA celebrates 25th anniversary this year