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Demand for Sri Lankan King Coconuts increases; exports up 117% in 2023

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With the rapid increase in demand for Sri Lankan King Coconuts in the international market, their export from Sri Lanka has increased by 117 percent in 2023, the Agriculture Ministry said.

According to the Sri Lanka Coconut Development Authority, the export of king coconuts from Sri Lanka has increased by 117 percent in 2023.

A discussion was held in this regard with the officers of the Coconut Development Board of Sri Lanka, the Coconut Research Institute, and the Coconut Development Authority (CDA) at the Ministry yesterday.

During the meeting, measures to be taken in the future for the development of coconut cultivation in Sri Lanka and the progress made so far were discussed.

"Although it has not been cultivated as a plantation crop so far, there is a high demand in the international market for the King Coconuts grown in this country. In 2022, 11 million king coconuts were exported and an income of 110 million rupees was earned. The number of king coconuts that have been exported so far this year is 14 million. The income earned from it is Rs. 140 million," Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

The number of king coconuts exported this year has increased by 117 percent, he said.

King coconut cultivation has not yet become popular in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the Minister instructed officials of the CDA, Coconut Research Institute and the Coconut Development Board to conduct soil tests, identify suitable areas for cultivation, and name the area as a king coconut cultivation export model village.

"At present, we have not identified any varieties of king coconuts suitable for cultivation in our country, and the traditionally cultivated king coconut species are still being cultivated. But the Minister also instructed the Sri Lanka Coconut Research Institute to start research to introduce a new species of king coconuts that have high taste and attractiveness and bear fruits within a short period of time. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)


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  • Sagara Wednesday, 01 November 2023 01:38 PM

    140million rupees from 14million nuts. Are they exporting them at Rs 10 per nut?

    sanjeev Weerasena Wednesday, 01 November 2023 02:21 PM

    home grown king coconut collecting system can full fill the requirement at least partially,Demand will go down by the time the ministers are doing soil test to grow king coconut!

    melville perera Wednesday, 01 November 2023 03:25 PM

    at the moment bottled coconut water from Vietnam is available for sale at super markets Today our coconuts and many bi products (not water) are exported to just a few traditional west asian countries who established themselves as traders in this country nearly 100 years back. Our export marketing strategies are exptremely weak we find some of our exports are turned into bi-products and re-exported back to us as consumer items. CRI and diplomats lack this intelligence


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