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.”