Export Agriculture Department:
Over 50,000 Mt to be exported in 2011
Export Agriculture Department (EAD) will export over 50,000 metric
tons of export agriculture crops and will earn over Rs 30,000 million
this year, Export Agriculture Department Director General W D L
In 2010, the department exported 43,000 metric tons of export
agriculture crops and earned over Rs 24,000 million.
In 2009, 27,000 metric tons were exported and an income of Rs 18,000
million was collected, he added. According to Gunarathne cinnamon,
pepper, nutmeg, coffee, vanila, citronella, cardamom, cocoa, areca,
clove, betel and several others are included in the export agriculture
crop category. These crops are successfully cultivated in 14 districts
in the country.
Cinnamon is cultivated in the southern region and in areas such as
Kalutara, Ratnapura and Badulla districts while pepper, cocoa, clove,
cardamom and nutmeg are grown in areas such as Matale, Kandy, Nuwara
Eliya, Kurunegala and Moneragala districts.
New cultivation, re-cultivation, products promotion and production of
high quality crops are included in crop promotion and diversification
schemes initiated by the Department, Gunarathne said.
Cultivators are provided with technical know-how to boost their
production, he added.