Enhancing the productivity of cinnamon cultivation and quality of cinnamon quills through better cultural practices and processing methods
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Background of the Proposed Project
In Kamburupitiya Divisional Secretariat, there are many cinnamon growers cultivating cinnamon at different levels. They have been working together as Uthsahaya Cinnamon Growers Welfare Society and the Society members are having an average land size of 1 Ac each. Even though recommended number of cinnamon bushes (5 plants per bush) per Ac should be 3600 but most of the farmers are having around 3000 plant bushes and not evenly cultivated based on recommended spacing. Therefore, the land is underutilized and not get the maximum harvest from their lands. They are presently harvest around 200 kg – 250 kg of cinnamon products per AC. If the number of bushes increased up to 3600, by planting additional 600 bushes and applying better cultural practices such as contour channels to reduce soil erosion & soil water conservation, applying proper fertilizer on time, proper fencing to control wild mice & porcupines attack at early stages of plants and weeding on time, make a significant increment of annual harvest per Ac. y adopting proper cultural practices, the harvest can be increased from 200 kg to 450 kg. Based on the recommendations of Cinnamon Research and Training Institute.
• Supply high quality cinnamon primary product to the market or value added companies through skilled cinnamon primary processors.
Most of the farmers know how to peel the cinnamon, but not using the proper tools introduced by Cinnamon Research and Training Institute. Therefore while peeling, more quills are wasted and low quality is produced. By adopting proper tools will help them to produce more quality and clean products.
• Train the cinnamon farmers for new cultural practises introduced by Cinnamon Research and Training Institute All facilities are available for farmers’ trainings in the Cinnamon Research and Training Institute including accommodations. Two days training of proper cultural practises for cinnamon land management is an important training for cinnamon growers. In two days it covers management of seedlings nursery, pest and diseases control, fertilization, crop management, post-harvest technology training including a practical session.
• Train cinnamon growers as skilled cinnamon primary processors linked with Cinnamon Research and Training Institute. There is a training course available for proper practises of cinnamon peeling. This is a validation and fine-tuned course for traditional skilled peelers. It is a two days training. The course name is RPL –NVQ level 3 (Recognition of prior learning)
• Follow the guidance given by Cinnamon Research and training Institute
• Work as a team for more bargaining power with cinnamon market monopoly
• Develop common or hired primary processing places for clean and quality products.
• Cinnamon small holders will continue to have increased output.
• Positive impact on foreign reserves of the country.
• Increased living standard of the farmer.