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Non-Plantation Agricultural Economy of Sri Lanka: Trends, Issues and Prospects

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PJ Gunawardana ,

Department of Agricultural Economics, Victoria University of Technology, Footscray Park Campus, Melbourne, AU
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WG Somaratne

Agricultural Resource Management Division, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research Training Institute, LK
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Abstract

The non-plantation agricultural economy of Sri Lanka has undergone a noticeable transition from 1978, compared to the period 1970-77, mainly due to economic reforms implemented in the country from 1978. This paper aims to: describe the major policies towards non-plantation agriculture from 1970 to date; analyse the diversification and commercialisation of non-plantation agriculture by examining the trends in prices of commercial food crops vis-à-vis subsistence food crops, and the trends in area, production and yield of commercial food crops and agro-industrial crops vis-à-vis subsistence food crops; examine the outward orientation of non-plantation agriculture by analysing trends in imports and exports; and investigate the current issues and future prospects for non-plantation agriculture.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sjae.v3i0.3490

SJAE 2000; 3(1): 15-45

How to Cite: Gunawardana, P. & Somaratne, W., (2011). Non-Plantation Agricultural Economy of Sri Lanka: Trends, Issues and Prospects. Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics. 3, pp.15–45. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sjae.v3i0.3490
Published on 26 Aug 2011.
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