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Supplementary food crop promotion programme

Introduction

Agriculture has to play a major role in the economy of the country while more attention is being paid on the cultivation of supplementary food crops. Accordingly the Ministry of Agriculture is implementing this programme island wide with the objective of achieving self sufficiency in supplementary food crops by 2016.

In consideration of enormous expenditure to be incurred annually on the import of supplementary food crops to meet the local requirement, cultivation of the same locally is much helpful to boost the economy of the country.

Accordingly programmes are being implemented to expand the cultivation of 11 main supplementary food crops (chilly, big onion, red onion, soya bean, ground nut, green gram, black gram, gingelly, maize, cowpea, kurakkan) .

Objectives of this project are as follows;

• Increasing the production and productivity of supplementary food crops with the contribution of state and private sector institutions.
• Imposing restrictions on supplementary food crops.
• Increase the expect of supplementary food crops.
• Ensure the availability of seeds and inputs to meet the requirement.
• To meet the demand of supplementary food crop consumers for ensuring the food security at national level.
• Introduce value added productions.
• Increase the income of farmers.

In order to achieve objectives the Department of Agriculture is implementing seed production programmes aimed at providing high quality seed to farmers. Accordingly arrangements have been made to increase quality of seeds through conducting training programmes for farmers.

In addition farmers are being encouraged towards mechanization of agriculture and for using modern technological methods in all stages of agricultural practices such as preparation of lands, sowing seeds, application of fertilizer and water, weed controlling harvesting and minimization of post harvest losses. Accordingly it has been possible to increase quality of harvest as well as the quality of harvest, reduce labour requirement and increase profit margin. Those measures have been helpful for further of the retaining farmer community in the field of agriculture.

Under the programmes implemented in 2014 it was possible to cultivate chili in 4178 ha island wide. Arrangements have also been made to cultivate crops such as green gram, ground nuts, gingelly and crops at district level and to expand seed storage facilities. In additions moves were taken to increase value added food production from supplementary food crops. Meanwhile the Department of Agriculture has made arrangements to establish 06 local food sale outlets (Hela Bojun Huls) at district level. It has been planned to implement the following programme during 2015 with the treasury allocations of Rs. 300 Mn.

• Implementation of programmes for ensuring the sufficient availability of supplementary food crop seed productions.
• Development of see storage facilities.
• Seed mortification programmes for introducing new varieties.
• Introducing the availability of value added productions from supplementary food crops.
• Establishment of supplementary food crop cultivation programmes in accidence with climatic changes.
• Cultivations promotions programmes farmer awareness programmes.
• Encouraging farmers to make use of cultivations mechanization and implementing training programmes.

These programme are to be implemented through district secretaries at district level under the supervision of the District Director of Agriculture and Provincial Officers of Agriculture.

 

 

 

 

 

Agriculture Sector Modernization Project

 

Background

 

Sri Lanka’s agriculture is characterized by a non-plantation sectorand a plantation sector. Of the country’s approximately 2.3 million hectaresof agricultural land, 80 percent is used for non-plantation food crops, comprising rice, maize, fruits, vegetables and other crops that are 2 primarily grown on smallholder farms. About 1.65 million smallholder farmers operate on average less than 2 hectares and contribute 80 percent of the total annual food production. Agriculture has been an important driver of poverty reduction and accounted for about one third of the decline in poverty over the past decade. Poverty reduction in rural areas in Sri Lanka was driven by higher agricultural wages which grew annually by an average of 5.7 percent during 2006 to 2013 and caused rural poverty to fall more rapidly than in other sectors. However, there is a riskthat these income gains may not be sustainable if agriculture productivity does not improve and the sector does not start to modernize through diversification, commercialization and value addition.

With rice self-sufficiency secured, a consensus has recently emerged within government that the country should capitalize more strategically on the opportunity to diversify the production structure out of the relatively low value food crops and move towards high-value agriculture and promote agriculture exports. This structural shift is critical to sustaining income growth going into the future, accelerating poverty reduction and reversing the trend inincreasing inequality. Since most of the fruits and vegetablesnot only generate higher income as compared to rice but demand more intensive labor input, higher levels of technology input, better crop management, and investments in post-harvest management, marketing, and better organized value chains overall, there is also significant potentialfor employment growth and moreproductive jobs in agriculture. This shift would also imply moving towards a more high-value production structure, agro-processing and value addition activities, and increased competitiveness. This will likely involve revisiting and aligning current trade policy to become more consistent and conducive for high-value export agriculture; realigning public sector support away fromgeneral fertilizer subsidies to better targeted support and greater attention to R&D, including private R&D;revisiting and relaxing the rice self-sufficiency policy and allowing for more demand-driven and market oriented production; and overcoming long-standing structural constraints, such as low organizational levels of farmers, land fragmentation, and poor price information systems. To achieve such modernization, differentiated strategies are needed for different parts of the country. In the north and east, there is significant scope for agriculture expansion and productivity growth – both through traditional and non-traditional agriculture – as productivity remains low, markets and value addition activities remain undeveloped and the potential for niche commodities remains significant for domestic and export markets. In other parts of the country, it is important to promote more robust investment and innovation in agribusinesses for value addition and farmer integration into high value chains through scaling up and diversification into more commercial crops. This modernization drive has to be crucially underpinned by a supportive policy and regulatory enabling environment, with due consideration to the economic and evidence-based policy decision making processes.

The Project

The World Bank funded Agriculture Sector Modernization Project is aligned with the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) 2013-2016 (Report 66286-LK, May 22, 2012). The project seeks to contribute to two CPS focus areas, namely: “Supporting structural shifts in the economy” and “Improved living standards and social inclusion” through: (a) improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness to strengthen the links between rural and urban areas and facilitate Sri Lanka’s structural transformation; (b) providing and strengthening rural livelihood sources, employmentopportunities in agriculture and along agriculture value chains, as well as market access for the poor, bottom 40 percent, and vulnerable people, thereby improving income sources and livelihood security in lagging ruralareas; and (c) contributing to improved flood and drought management, through project’s linkages to the water and irrigation sectors and a climate-smart agriculture approach. The project is alsoto promote diversification, value addition and increased competitiveness in the agriculture sector.

The development objectives of Agriculture Sector Modernization Project for Sri Lanka are to support increasing agriculture productivity, improving market access, and enhancing value addition of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses in the project areas. 

This project has three components.

(01) The first component, Agriculture Value Chain Development, seeks to promote commercial and export-oriented agriculture; attract and leverage investments from farmer producer organizations and agribusinesses for high value agriculture production and value addition; and provide the enabling environment, incentives, and access to finance for such investments through matching grants, technical assistance support, linkages to the commercial banking sector, and a Partial Credit Guarantee (PCG) facility. It has three sub components as follows: (i) investment preparation support; (ii) matching grants to farmer producer organizations and agribusinesses; and (iii) partial credit guarantee.

(02) The second component, Productivity Enhancement and Diversification Demonstrations, aims at supporting smallholder farmers to produce competitive and marketable commodities, improve their ability to respond to market requirements, and move towards increased commercialization. It has four sub components as follows: (i) farmer training and capacity building; (ii) modern agriculture technology parks; (iii) production and market infrastructure; and (IV) analytical and policy advisory support.

(03)The third component, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, will support the Project Management Units (PMUs) of Ministry of Primary Industries (MOPI) and Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the Provincial Project Management Units (PPMUs) in the participating provinces in project management and coordination, technical supervision, financial management, procurement, social and environmental safeguards, and monitoring and evaluation.

Ministry of Agriculture (Productivity Enhancement and Diversification Demonstrations)

The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the implementation of Component 2: Productivity Enhancement and Diversification Demonstrations (US$ 58.63 million, IDA US$ 58.63 million). The component aims at supporting smallholder farmers to produce competitive and marketable commodities,improve their ability to respond to market requirements, and move towards increased commercialization.

Component 2 comprises the following sub-components:

(a) Sub-component 2.1: Farmer Training and Capacity Building (Total Cost US$ 6.20 million, IDA US$ 6.20 million),supporting knowledge building and capability improvements of smallholder farmers and the establishment offarmer producer organizations to help them to respond better to market opportunities.

(b) Sub-component 2.2: Modern Agriculture Technology Parks (Total Cost US$ 33.44 million, IDA US$ 33.44 million), supporting the introduction, demonstration, and scale-up of innovative agriculture technology packages that are not yet available or practiced by smallholder farmers and producer organizations but would support productivity improvements, diversification, commercialization, more sustainable and climate resilient production patterns (high value products, new varieties, technology, soil, water, fertilization etc.). The sub-component will support the establishment of agriculture technology demonstration parks inseven proposed districts of Jaffna, Mullaitivu (Northern Province), Batticaloa (Eastern Province), Monaragla (Uva Provinces), Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa (North-Central Province), andMatale (Central Province)which have been identified based on high poverty headcounts and agriculture development potential. These agriculture technology demonstration parks will be set up to demonstrate entire agriculture value chain approaches with a clear end-marketfocus for selected crops, involving: farmer mobilization and training, agriculture production, post-harvest handling and/or processing, and marketing. Each park will include approximately eight to ten entire villages and can be expanded based on demand and resource availability.

The sub-component will also support the organization of two international technology fora/ conferences in the first and second year of project implementation, inviting international and domestic service providers to discuss and present their agricultural development models successfully implemented and demonstrated in similar agro-ecological and socio-cultural environments.

(c) Sub-component 2.3: Production and Market Infrastructure (US$ 14.71 million, IDA US$ 14.71 million), supporting: (i) the up-grading and rehabilitation of small-scale irrigation infrastructure and existing water tanks and irrigation systems in the selected priority project areas and linked to the agriculture technology demonstrations parks; (ii) the improvement of selected production and market access roads and construction of new field access tracks to improve transportation, access to markets and accessibility for agricultural machinery; and (iii) village level storage and product handling facilities, including drying platforms and sheds, composting facilities of crop residues, storage facilities and others. Infrastructure investment would complement investments in the agriculture technology demonstration parks under sub-component 2.2. Procurement and management of civil works contracts would be under the management of the Provincial Project Management Units (PPMUs) under the overall project implementation responsibility of Ministry of Agriculture-Project Management Unit (MOA-PMU).

(d) Sub-component 2.4: Analytical and Policy Advisory Support(Total Cost US$ 4.28 million, IDA US$ 4.28 million). The component will provide support to: develop an evidence-based policy, legal and regulatory framework; address knowledge gaps as well as policy and regulatory inconsistencies as they may arise from time to time with policy decisions emanating from different parts of the government; and formulate sector and sub-sectoral strategies to provide the suitable enabling environment for a sustainable and competitive modern agriculture and food system. The sub-component will be implemented under the responsibility of the MOA-PMU. Activities to be supported under this sub-component would include technical assistance to: (i) evaluate policies and regulations and recommend adjustments, reforms or new policies needed to make agriculture more competitive, responsive to market demand, gender sensitive,sustainable, and resilient; (ii) undertake strategic market analysis for promoting new and high value exports, and analyze the changes needed in the policy, regulatory and institutional framework, or public investments needed to address the binding constraints to the evolution of high impact value chains; (iii) evaluate the social and economic impact ofpolicies and public expenditures and make recommendations on course corrections to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public expenditures; (iv) undertake external and independent monitoring and evaluation functions, including formal impact evaluations of governmentprograms and investments, to provide the critical learning and feedback loop into the ministries’ decision making processes. It would also support: (v) annual conferences on Sri Lanka’s agricultural policy; (vi) equipment, office furniture, and communications technology for MOA’s proposed Center of Excellence; (vii) technical assistance to conceptualize a national agriculture information system,with the medium-term objective tobuild capacity for data collection and management in support of policy formulation, enhanced public service provision, and improved risk monitoring in agriculture.

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Project Appraisal Document 

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Environmental Assessment & Management Framework

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Pest Management Plan

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Resettlement Policy Framework

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Invitation To Present Modern Agriculture Technologies

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Request for expression of interest - hiring research teams for policy research studies

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Template for Expression of Interest for Policy Reasearch

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Expression of Interest for Farmer Producer Organizations and Training Need Assessment- hiring service providers

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Accelerated other Field Crop Production Progamme

Objectives

  • Making the Country self – sufficient in supplementay Food Crop production
  • Achieve higher production in yala season
  • Promote 3rd Season cultivation
  • Production of Quality and improved seeds to meet local demand
Crop Districts Financial allocation (Rs.Mn.)  Expected yield (Mt)

Dry Chilli

All districs

45.0
Groundnut Vavuniya,Mannar, Mullathivue, Kilinochchi, Trincomalee,Ampara,Puttalam,A'pura, Kurunagala,Monaragala,Hambanthota, Rathanapura 15.0 86
Black Gram

Anuradhapura,Monaragala, Kurunagala, Mulative, vavuniya

4.208 542.5
Maize Hambanthota, Baticloae,Ampar,Trico, Kurunagala, A'pura, Pollonaruwa, Badulla, Monaragala, Ratnapura, Vavuniya, Mannar 5.0 26,304
Gingerly Vavuniya,Jaffana,Mullathivue, A'pura, Monaragala, Hambanthota, DOA 3.026
Cowpea  Ampara (province),Monaragala, 3.248 2,126

Soybean

A'Pura, (Inter prov. & province)Mahawali

5.0 10,800
Kurakkan

Vavuniya, A'pura,Monaragala, Hambanthota,DOA

5.0
Green Gram  Kurunagala,Hambanthota,(P,IP), Anuradhapura(IP) Ampara(P, IP) 35.8567 925
Red Onion Kilinochchi, Vavuniya,Jaffana,Trincomalee, Kurunagala,Puttalam,Matale,Rathnapura,Mahawali 9.5
Big Onion Babulla, Monaragala, Hambanthota(P & IP), Polonnaruwa(IP) Kurunagala, A'pura (P, IP)
Potato Nuwareliya, Badulla 28.3

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22-07-2021

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