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Present Situation of Cinnamon Industry in Southern Sri Lanka
D.L.C. Kumari Fonseka*, H.N. Aluthgamage and W.W.U.I. Wickramaarachchi
Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka
*Corresponding author

Cinnamon belongs to Lauraceae family and to the genus Cinnamomum and Sri Lankan grown Cinnamon has a special appeal in world cinnamon trade as a result of its organoleptic properties. Sri Lanka is the largest exporter of Cinnamon with 28,320 ha under cultivation and contributes 60-70% of world true Cinnamon trade signifying its importance to local economy. The Department of Export Agriculture in collaboration with Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka Standards Institute and banks has launched a series of programmes to diversify cinnamon products and trade in the international market. In line with these developments the Department of Export Agriculture took steps to protect the status of ‘true cinnamon’ of Sri Lankan origin in the international market by introducing the second global brand from Sri Lanka as ‘Ceylon Cinnamon’. In the wake of these new developments local cinnamon industry is undergoing a major facelift which demands a significant improvement in traditional Cinnamon production and processing system. Large portion of Cinnamon comes from the Southern province and contributes to 77% of total domestic Cinnamon production. But H1 and H2 are the cinnamon grades that produced in highest quantities   which cannot obtain a higher market price. Both the quantity and quality of Southern Cinnamon can be enhanced by well-organized government strategies regarding enhancing the productivity of nonproductive Cinnamon fields, identifying potential lands for new plantations and development of centralized processing units for Cinnamon. This article covers the present situation of Cinnamon industry in Southern Sri Lanka and provides a guidance to improve the industry from its present status.

Keywords: Cinnamon industry, Cinnamon production, Presents situation, Southern province
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Kumari Fonseka, D.L.C., Aluthgamage, H.N., Wickramaarachchi, W.W.U.I., 2018. Present situation of cinnamon industry in Southern Sri Lanka.Int.J.Curr.Res.Biosci.Plantbiol. 5(8): 63-70 . doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrbp.2018.508.009