Nimesha Dissanayaka Presents on ‘Spatial Integration of Vegetable Markets in Sri Lanka during COVID-19’ at IPS In-house Seminar

27 January 2022

‘Spatial Integration of Vegetable Markets in Sri Lanka during COVID-19’ was the subject of IPS’ first in-house seminar for 2022. It was presented by Research Officer Nimesha Dissanayaka based on an ongoing study. In her presentation, Nimesha explained how analysing spatially integrated vegetable markets of Sri Lanka during the COVID-19 pandemic will allow more robust interventions during crises.

Nimesha identified that during the pre-COVID-19 period, many of the regional vegetable markets were heavily integrated with the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, Sri Lanka’s primary market for vegetables. Thus, making smooth transmissions of price signals and information across spatially separated markets. When the pandemic hit Sri Lanka, most regional vegetable markets were not closely integrated with the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, making for lopsided information on price signals between the regional markets and government intervention.

She further noted that by understanding how spatially integrated vegetable markets are, it is possible to ascertain what type of interventions are needed for the specific regional markets during the pandemic. Such an understanding will avoid any duplication of interventions and avoid any excessive strain on the population.

Nimesha concluded that the second stage of this research will delve deep into the structural variables that explain market integration for effective policy formulation.

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