Social care programme for cinnamon growers
BALAPITIYA: The Ministry of Agriculture intend to introduce a
special social care and pension scheme to ensure the professional
security of small-scale cinnamon land holders and workers engaged in the
cinnamon related industries.
Agriculture Minister Hema Kumara Nanayakkara made this disclosure
when he attended the Annual Conference of Cinnamon Growers’ Association,
comprising 51 Agricultural Export Promotion Societies which was held
under his patronage at Ambagaspitiya Viharaya premises, Balapitiya,
The Minister said it is the bounden duty of the Government to ensure
the professional security of cinnamon growers and workers in cinnamon
related industries who contribute approximately Rs. 7,253 million
annually to the National Revenue.
The scheme in view will benefit them on the same level as provided
for under the Farmers’ Pension Scheme and that within the next few days
a draft of the scheme will be made available to the cinnamon growers
after discussion with the Agricultural and Agrarian Services Council.
At this conference it was decided to establish a Cinnamon Processing
Centre at Kotuwila, Galle and to implement the special programme under
the control of Agricultural Exports Department. Agricultural Exports
Department Director Mahanama Ilangasinghe, Cinnamon Growers’ Association
President Saman Ranasinghe and Galle District Director S.M.J.R. Lindara
also addressed the gathering.
The Conference was organised by the District Office of the
Agricultural Exports Department.