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CRT (Coconut-Rubber-Tea) Trade Fair held at BMICH

first time in the annals of the Sri Lankan History

CRT (Coconut-Rubber-Tea) Trade Fair, the Sri Lankan plantation industry’s premium trade fair of the year, was launched by His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH on 11th August 2017. The trade fair, organized by the Ministry of Plantation Industries, concluded on 13th August 2017. Plantation Industries Minister Hon. Naveen Dissanayake and the Deputy Minister Hon. Lakshaman Wasantha Perera were also present at the inauguration.



History of Coconut of Sri Lanka goes back 580 AD. Coconut has become as a highly viable crop in the world due to escalating demand for coconut products in the international markets. Wide range of coconut based products contributing significantly to foreign exchange earnings as well as coconut is serving as a food crop. Coconut is the most widely cultivated crop spread through most parts of the country.

Sri Lanka is the 5th largest producer in the world with more than 440,000 ha of cultivated extent. The coconut sector of Sri Lanka contributes to the employment of around 135,000 people and provides livelihoods for about 700,000 people. In Sri Lanka, coconut based industries play a vital role in sustaining a viable economy at village, district, regional and national levels. It is also an important export crop earning foreign exchange of about USD 550 million annually, contributing about 1.0% to the GDP. Major export products of the sector are Desiccated Coconut, Coconut Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Milk Powder and Coconut cream, Coconut Water, Coconut flour, Vinegar, Fiber products, substrates fiber products, coconut shell products and coconut fiber/shell ornaments.

Coconut Research Institute plays a vital role in the sector as the national body of providing recommendations and technical standards related to the coconut industry through Research and Development initiatives.

In the Trade Fair, several stalls were set up by the CRI with the view of disseminating novel technical advancements among the stakeholders of the industry.

Plantation Industries Minister Hon. Naveen Dissanayake visited the stalls of Coconut Research Institute on the second day of the Trade Fair.

Chairman of the CRI, Mr. Jayantha Jayewardene is explaining the Minister of the exhibits and related technologies


Dr. N. S. Aratchige is explaining the Minister of the advancements attained and milestones reached in the field of coconut Pest and Disease controlling



Last Updated on Friday, 01 September 2017 05:28  

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