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Drive to promote export crops

The Export Agriculture Department will promote the cultivation of export agricultural crops in the country.

According to Export Agriculture Director General Dr. Asoka Senewirathne the crops include cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, clove, coffee, citronella and areca. It is expected to exceed the export target of 50,000 metric tons of export agricultural crops this year.

Bark oil and leaf oil of cinnamon, pepper oil, cardamom oil, clove oil, nutmeg oil and citronella oil will also be exported. The department expects to earn over Rs. 50,000 million as foreign exchange through these exports this year.

Export agricultural crops are cultivated in 14 districts. Cinnamon is cultivated in the districts of Kalutara, Rathnapura, Badulla and in some parts in the Hambantota district. Pepper, cocoa, clove, cardamon and nutmeg are grown in Matale, Kandy, Monaragala and Nuwara-Eliya districts.

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