Dissemination Seminar on ‘Cinnamon, Pepper and Cardamom Value Chains Study’

As part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and IPS project, IPS recently conducted a dissemination seminar on ‘Cinnamon, Pepper and Cardamom Value Chains Study’ at the IPS Auditorium. The objectives of the study was to identify opportunities and constraints faced by Sri Lankan spice sector, including quality and hygiene related standards and to provide recommendations for policy interventions to upgrade the spice sector and expand production and export opportunities, though a value chains analysis. The study concentrated on three spices, namely cinnamon, cardamom and pepper.

IPS Research Officer Dilani Hirimuthugodage made a presentation on cinnamon, IPS Research Fellow Janaka Wijayasiri presented on pepper and IPS Research Fellow Manoj Thibbotuwawa presented on cardamom. The presentations were followed by an insightful panel discussion and a Q&A session. Representatives from the Department of Export Agriculture (DEA), the Spice Council of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) and Spices and Allied Products Producers’ and Traders’ Association (SAPPTA) participated as panelists.

Mr. Rohitha Wickramarathna, Director (Agriculture, Irrigation, Land, Livestock and Fisheries) of the National Planning Department (NPD) and Mr. Kimura, Agricultural Adviser of JICA based at NPD also participated at the event.