Sri Lankan nuts go global
The Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development Ministry will
improve the quality of coconut products to compete in the global market
and enhance foreign exchange earnings, Minister Jagath Pushpakumara
He said the ministry plans to increase national and international
market demand by 30 percent by 2016 by creating awareness on the health
preserving qualities of coconut products as a food intake.
"The ministry also plans to increase the export of coconut as a
beverage by 40 percent within the next three to four years," the
He said coconut based industries in Sri Lanka play a vital role in
sustaining a viable economy at all levels.
"The coconut production sector is divided into two sub sectors. They
are coconut based manufacturing industries for the export market and
cottage based industries that manufacture products and by products for
the local market," Pushpakumara said.
Sri Lanka offers over 100 coconut products to the world market.
Desiccated coconut, copra, coconut oil, coconut milk powder, coconut
cream are the main kernel based export products, while coir fibre, value
added coir finished goods, geo textiles, fibre pith briquettes, shell
charcoal, activated carbon and shell powder form the non kernel
products, the minister said.
Coconut Development Authority statistics revealed that export
earnings from coconut kernel products and non kernel products were Rs
29.08 billion and Rs 32.43 billion in the years 2009 and 2010
Export earnings of desiccated coconuts in 2010 was Rs 5,383 million
which amounts to 16.59 percent income from coconut based product