Strengthening Sri Lanka’s Agricultural Sector – Sri Lanka

A new plant quarantine facility will help increase the export competitiveness of Sri Lankan agricultural products.

In Sri Lanka, agricultural exports make up a significant share of the country’s total exports and play an important role in its economic development. The expansion of agricultural product exports depends on a plant quarantine system that meets the requirements of importing countries.

The $6.9 million plant quarantine facility, funded by KOICA, is part of a larger project to modernize plant quarantine services in Sri Lanka and strengthen the export system.

“Agriculture is a major sector of development cooperation between two countries. The Korean government is happy to have helped Sri Lanka by sharing knowledge and providing financial and technical support,” said Kim Myung-jin, Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

In addition to managing the design and construction of the plant quarantine station, UNOPS will also provide laboratory equipment for the facilities of the National Plant Quarantine Service. The laboratory and quarantine station will manage and diversify seed and plant banks and strengthen scientific research.

“In line with our commitment to sustainable infrastructure, procurement and project management, UNOPS is pleased to contribute to strengthening the agricultural sector in Sri Lanka through this KOICA project,” said Charles Callanan, Director of the UNOPS Cluster Office in Sri Lanka.

Lana T. Arthur