The Ministry of Primary Industries is striving towards enabling Sri Lanka’s primary industry exports to become more competitive in the global market and bring about a reduction in the trade balance through greater diversification of agricultural products. In order to bring about high-end value addition, the Ministry aims to create opportunities for farmers to produce safer, higher value, and varied agricultural products by using the land for the cultivation of high end diversified crops, with a focus on quality rather than quantity.
The Ministry also aims at cultivating improved varieties of crop by developing technology aimed at enhancing plant productivity, quality, health, nutritional value and crop resilience to pests, diseases and environmental factors.
There are many areas in which value addition through product diversification can be enhanced in Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector. For example, through new product development and diversification Sri Lanka can move from bring one of the world’s leading exporters of spices in their raw form such as pepper, cinnamon, cloves and cardamoms to the expansion of those crops to non-traditional areas, enhancing value addition by exporting spices in higher value forms.