Feasibility study for value addition in the fruit and vegetable sector of Sri Lanka
The project preparation grant, funded by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), aims to prepare a feasibility study to evaluate the technical, economic and operational feasibility of value addition of five export crops (pineapple, papaya, banana, mango and passion fruit) in Sri Lanka and develop a five year strategic plan and a short-term operations plan for the Lanka Fruit and Vegetable Producers, Processors and Exporters Association (LFVPPEA). Implemented by ITC in close collaboration at national level with LFVPPEA, the one-year project (September 2017 – 2018) will build close synergies with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Primary Industries and Ministries of Development Strategies and International Trade, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, in the domain of food safety and trade, as well as private sector associations (Ceylon Chambers of Commerce, Industrial Technology Institute and other relevant organizations). LFVPPEA and its members are the main beneficiaries of the project along with additional farmers and processors. International buyers and partners are identified to give market opportunities and development of the value chains.