State Ministry of Development of Sugarcane, Maize, Cashew, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Betel Production and Promotion of Allied Products and Export

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Assisting in the formulation of policies in relation to the subject of Minor Crops Plantation including Sugarcane, Maize, Cashew, Peper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Betel Related Industries and Export Promotion for the creation of an “export focused plantation industry infused with new technology “under the direction and guidance of the Minister of Plantation in conformity with the prescribed Laws, Acts and Ordinances and implementing, projects under the National Budget, State Investment and National Development Programme, and implementing, monitoring and evaluating subjects and functions of the below-mentioned Departments, State Corporations and Statutory Organizations.

  1. Implementing a methodology to encourage cultivation in the coordination of the Ministry of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Banks and Financial Institutions for minor crop growers such as sugarcane, cashew, pepper, cinnamon, clove, betel
  2. Introducing high-yielding varieties to growers in collaboration with the research institutes
  3. Introducing latest technological methods and expanding exports to encourage value-added products related to such crops
  4. Providing latest technological equipment and establishing a Centre for Cinnamon Extraction and Processing for the use of estate owners of less than five acres of land
  5. Formulating and implementing a mechanism to encourage the local production of maize required for Triposha and animal food in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, Banks and Financial Institutions
  6. Taking immediate actions to reopen the sugar factories that had already been closed down and providing necessary encouragement to setup new sugar factories based on the requirement
  7. Taking action to cater to capital needs and technical knowledge depending on the requirements for the efficient usage of water needed for sugarcane cultivation
  8. Establishing export villages for pepper cultivation for both household use as well as for export purposes in the areas where pepper is grown

Mr. D. L. P. R. Abhayarathna(Secretary to the State Ministry of Development of Sugarcane, Maize, Cashew, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Betel Production and Promotion of Allied Products and Export)