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Present status and future scope of floriculture industry in Sri Lanka and its potential in women empowerment

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S. M. P. C. Padmini ,

Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo, LK
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T. D. Kodagoda

University of Colombo, Colombo, LK
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Department of Human Resources Management,  Faculty of Management and Finance

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Abstract

Floriculture industry is considered a high income generating agribusiness and it can potentially be harnessed as a means of socioeconomic development in Sri Lanka. Limited literature and lack of data are the main barriers to develop policies in this sector. The business is handled by a few exporters, middle level growers and small scale growers. The National Policy Framework, of the Government of Sri Lanka (2010) aimed to develop the floriculture sector as a source of income generating pathway to unemployed women in the country.
The observation and analysis presented on this paper is based on a survey conducted during April – August 2014 in Colombo and Gampaha Districts of Sri Lanka and views of growers obtained in the workshop on “ Setting new horizons in horticulture 2020” held on 30th January 2015 in Colombo. Data were collected for qualitative analysis through direct questions and open ended questions. The findings of this study acknowledge that the collective actions of growers drive the development of floriculture in the country. Indirectly growers highlighted that increase in the utilization of flowers and indoor plants in the country; created a favorable demand for their products and therefore, growers need to expand their operations. The main constrains of the growers were financial difficulties, and high cost of land to expand their productions. Growers as well as the government need to develop a proper market for floriculture products at national and international levels in par with other export agricultural crops in the country.
How to Cite: Padmini, S.M.P.C. & Kodagoda, T.D., (2017). Present status and future scope of floriculture industry in Sri Lanka and its potential in women empowerment. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences. 40(1), pp.31–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v40i1.7499
Published on 29 Jun 2017.
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