IPS Researcher Analyses Quality Constraints in Cinnamon Value Chain in Sri Lanka

13 January 2018
Oakray Regencies, Kandy

IPS Research Officer, Dilani Hirimuthugodage, speaking on cinnamon production, recently highlighted the importance of maintaining quality standards at each level of cinnamon value chain.

Lack of proper production infrastructure and technology in meeting required quality standard at the producer level, less concern in assuring the quality of cinnamon and lack of awareness of international standards and specification at the collector level, high cost in maintaining quality standards and at the exporter level were identified as the main constraints in the production process.

Ms. Hirimuthugodage made these observations while presenting on the topic ‘Analyzing Quality Constraints in Cinnamon Value Chain in Sri Lanka at the 11th Annual Research Forum of Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association (SAEA), on Natural Disasters, Risk, and Agriculture, held in Kandy on 13 January 2018.

Furthermore, she proposed policy recommendations to develop appropriate methods and technology programs for processing; providing incentive schemes for stakeholders who wish to achieve quality standards, making collectors aware on collecting quality products, strengthening and introducing new technologies for quality assurance were among these.

Her presentation was based on IPS recent study on Spice Value Chain in Sri Lanka funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).