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Sri Lanka moves to overcome cinnamon peeler shortage
26 Oct, 2012 06:24:08
Oct 26, 2012 (LBO) - Sri Lanka is to set up a training centre to train cinnamon peelers with foreign aid and improve production standards that will help boost exports, officials said.
Sarada de Silva, chairman of the Spice Council, an industry body, said the main outcome of the project will be the establishment of a nationally and internationally accredited training centre.

This will "enhance the manufacturing and production skills of cinnamon processors and producers," he told a forum where the project was launched.

The Spice Council has secured financial and technical support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and World Trade Organisation.

The council and the Export Development Board will also provide funding and land for the training facility in the south where most of the cinnamon is cultivated.

De Silva said the project will also help improve the image replica watches of cinnamon peelers and overcome a peeler shortage.

"Cinnamon has great potential to increase value-added exports. By 2020 this can be a one billion dollar in exports industry."

The cinnamon industry provides a livelihood for over 350,000 families in the southern districts of Galle, Matara, Hambanthota, Ratnapura and Kalutara, he said.

Commerce and industry minister Rishad Bathiudeen said the Export Development Board had set an ambitious target of earning export revenue of a billion US dollars from pure Ceylon cinnamon in the next few years by increasing value added exports and winning new markets.

Export earnings from cinnamon were about 13,394 million rupees in 2011.

The main market for Sri Lankan cinnamon is Mexico and Central America.

Annual cinnamon production is about 16,000 tonnes, Bathiudeen said.

"This initiative is the right step to secure our cinnamon's status in the global market place," Bathiudeen said.

"Upgrading our human resources is essential to enhance our value and achieve better cinnamon exports."

He said the island's exports markets have become "more challenging" due to slower economic growth in major economies.

"We are taking active steps to safeguard our exports. In the last few months we have had discussions with the private sector and have set up a committee on market diversification."

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5. pealparis Oct 31
Actually, peelers get more than owners, as onwers have to carry the cost of fertilizer and other labour. peelers just get 50% of crop sales.
4. Peeled Oct 27
They are not charitable. Simply markets at work with no wages board or collective agreements to hinder and distort, like it has happened to rubber tappers.

Typically they will get 50-pct of the sale price (peeled cinnamon is usually sold in their presence).

Where are more peelers owners may deduct 10 percent or so for expenses.

A typical three man 'Kurundi kalli' with two peelers and one prep man may peel 4 to 6 kilos a day. A kilo of good quality cinnamon can be sold for about 1,100 rupees.

So you can work out the math.

3. Peeved Peel Oct 26
"Actually Cinnamon peelers make thumping amounts of money :)."

Oh yeah? Plantation owners are that charitable? 'Peeled', how much is "thumping" pay in SL?

I bet these guys dont have EPF, ETF, overtime, health care, sick leave etc..etc...

2. Peeled Oct 26
Actually Cinnamon peelers make thumping amounts of money :). They make about as much as the owner does.

And no wonder, because based on how skilled they are at peeling - so that more high grade cinnamon is produced - the plantation owner can make a lot of money or very little money.

Of course it is a seasonal job.

1. Aney Apoi Oct 26
What cinnamon peelers need is better pay not training.