Cinnamon land rehabilitation and value chain development project

Cinnamon land rehabilitation and value chain development project


Objective – Improve the livelihood of cinnamon growers by enhancing the productivity of cinnamon cultivation and quality of cinnamon quills through better cultural practices and processing methods
Project implementing areas: Matara district
Period: 3 years
Target beneficiaries: 350 cinnamon growers
Total project cost: Rs. 151 million
Investment per beneficiary: Rs. 318,430
Guaranteed buyer & market: Uthsahaya “Cinnamon growers’ welfare society
Project activities and benefits
• Enable farmers to credit facilities with subsidized interest rate (6.5%) under easy payment schemes and to make everyone bankable
• Establish 7 cinnamon feeling units which can accommodate 50 farmers each
• Provide 10 peeling tables, 10 stools and 10 tool sets per unit which facilitates to produce quality and clean cinnamon quills by reducing waste
• Develop skilled cinnamon primary processors by training the cinnamon farmers on proper peeling techniques using the proper tools with the assistance of Cinnamon Research and Training Institute
• Support to produce high quality cinnamon primary product targeting local direct export market and value-added companies
• Train the cinnamon growers for new cultural practices introduced by Cinnamon Research and Training Institute on the followings;
• Management of seedlings nursery
• Pest and diseases control
• Applying proper fertilize on proper time

• Proper fencing to control wild mice & porcupines attack
• Soil erosion & soil water conservation
• Post-harvest technology
• Train the traditional cinnamon peelers to become skilled cinnamon primary processors linking with Cinnamon Research and Training Institute
• Build up the capacity of the society to operate as social enterprise
• Promote the farmers on land productivity improvement through land rehabilitation practices to increase the bushes density from the current amount of 3000 bushes to 3600 bushes per Ac
• Promote the farmers to increase the current production of 200 Kg of cinnamon to 400 Kg by applying new cultural practices
• Created 2 youth entrepreneurs for establishment of 2 seedling nurseries
• Train the beneficiaries on basic financial literacy and household budget management
• Promote and assist women and youth to engage in cinnamon industry by providing grant and credit facilities
• Guaranteed income for farmers over developed cinnamon practices
• Educate beneficiaries on impact of climate change, resilience with adaptation of mitigation measures, nutrition, solid waste management, and gender
• Provide extension support
Partners
• Uthsahaya Cinnamon Growers Welfare Society
• Smallholder Agribusiness Partnerships Program (SAPP)
• HNB
• Smallholder cinnamon growers farmers
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