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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

Kahawatte plantation plans to set up a cinnamon processing plant.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 11 May, ( The Kahawatte Plantation, one of the leading private sector plantation companies has decided to expand its Cinnamon plantation and set up a cinnamon processing plant in the Rilhena estate, Kahawatte to produce value added cinnamon products.

Executive Deputy Chairman Mr. Dan Seevaratnam says the company aims to increase its export volumes with the introduction of traditional local spices in a new form.

He said that traditional spice was a money-spinner in past .Sri Lanka exports 90 percent of cinnamons’ demand of the global consumers.

"We want to popularize cinnamon in non-traditional cinnamon growing areas. The Kahawatta plantation will grow more cinnamon and the peelers will receive better facilities including uniforms. The company decided to follow 5-S, productivity concepts and other quality standards to produce value added cinnamon productes"” he said.

The company aims to set up a state of the art modern factory to peel cinnamon. The company said it would allocate two million rupees for fist stage of the factory. Within four years, the company will invest over four million rupees to the project.“We are targeting our aims,” Mr. Dan Seevaratnam said.

At present cinnamon plantation needs massive workforce and the company hopes to produce cinnamon oil, powder, tooth picks, cinnamon pills, for export purposes.

Cinnamon powder will come to the market as a pill for handy use. Cinnamon toothpicks can be used for barbeque. ‘We will adopt various modern needs to produce new products, he said.

The Kahawatta plantation also grows Rubber and Tea. The company maintains its social responsibility programme and the workers welfare.

According to the Sri Lanka Tea Board’s ranking the Kahawatte Plantation is placed in the third position out of the twenty plantation companies.

The Kahawatta Plantation is a partnering company of the Dilmah Tea and maintains high quality standards in their products.

“Under our CSR project the company immediately responded the tsunami victims and helped them to rebuild their lives. We also decided to give a best livelihood for them. We built over fifty houses in our lands with the assistance of the Plantation Human Development Trust [PHDT] headed by Mr.Ranjith Ellegala .At present around fifty families from the Ambalangoda area are occupied these houses. They will receive all facilities including schools, crèches, medical facilities and other basic facilities. They can maintain their identity,” he said.

They received a total livelihood package and they are now working in the rubber and cinnamon plantations under the Kahawatta Plantation.

According to the company management, these people will work as cinnamon peelers .The Company hopes to assist another group of tsunami victims and the company is awaiting to obtain financial facilities from the PHDT and other donors to build houses for them.

- Asian Tribune -

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