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National Kithul Development Programme

The programme is implemented with the aim of uplifting the Kithul Product Industry in the country as a commercially profitable one. The objectives of the programme are to increase contribution to GDP while creating self employment opportunities and income generation in rural areas.

A new project proposal was developed and funding was secured for national kithul development program under which tappers training, safety kits for kithul tappers, registration of kithul producers, social security arrangements to enhance the welfare of the kithul producers, introduction of kasper technology for increasing the sap yield and quality control facilitation were undertaken. Based on the advice given by Food Security and Cost of Living Sub Committee, this programme is being expanded and accelerated.

The capital budget allocation for this programme for the year 2012 was Rs. 17.3Mn. and out of this amount Rs. 4.6Mn. was spent on more than 225 training programmes such as to conduct awareness programmes for officers and beneficiaries in 17 Districts, training of trainers for encouraging the new comers to the industry, Tapping technology transfer programmes, Entrepreneur Development Programmes,Product Quality Improvement Programmes  and sales promotion programmes under the thrust area of the “Development of Kithul Production Industry” and more than 11500 beneficiaries have participated for the training programmes as shown in the table below


As a result of the activities implemented for the development of kithul production, the number of daily tapping trees has been increased up to 9357 generating 1620 self employment opportunities during the year 2012.

Findings of the survey conducted by the Ministry in collaboration with the Department of Census and Statistics on kithul industry were useful for the policy makers to take evidence based decisions. Therefore, in order to enhance the social acceptance for kithul industrialists, special programme for registration of the kithul tappers and issuing of identity cards for them has been implemented in 2011. Furthermore, paying special attention on kithul tappers and considering the risk of their occupation and trade, initial steps have been taken to establish Social Security System and Pension Scheme with the assistance of Social Security Board. In addition to that Safety Kits including a jacket, a safety belt and a helmet are to be provided only for registered tappers during the year 2011 for encouraging kithul industrialists. The Ministry of Economic Development has provided Rs.10Mn for providing Safety Kits for tappers and low cost industrial stoves for micro level industrialists  under “DiviNeguma” Cottage Industry Programme.

As at end 2012, about 2343 tappers have been registered and 560 tappers have been issued with identity cards. For the year 2012 with the expectation of enhancing and popularizing kithul cultivation,and. a special programme for distributing 7785 plants among suitable beneficiaries in 7 Districts . Furthermore, in order to promote the volume of sales and capture the market, it is planned to conduct 2 National Exhibitions and  Market Promotion Programmes on kithul products .as well as attraction for good quality products and thereby increasing market opportunities.

It is proposed to expand the National Kithul Development Programme and budgetary allocation of Rs. 19Mn. has been provided in 2013.

Kithulaka Waruna Exhibitions

List of Best Producers - Kithulaka Waruna 2014 Exhibitions


Kithul Trickle and Jaggery Exports Data




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statistics on Kithul Palms in Sri Lanka(2009)



More Details:

National Kithul Development Programme - Action Plan 2014

National Kithul Development Programme - Action Plan 2013


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Mr. S.N.Silva.

Additional Secretary

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