Development – Palmyrah Development Board – Sri Lanka

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Palmyrah Resources Development

The Palmyrah palm belongs to the family Arecaceae and placed under the genus Borassus is widely distributed throughout Africa, South and Southeast Asia up to the northern parts of the Indonesian Archipelago. 

The Borassus palms in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Burma and Africa belong to the same species Borassus.flabellifer L. The population of palms in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand is about 80, 11, 10 and 2 million respectively according to estimates prepared in 1990s.

The distribution of Palmyrah palms in Sri Lanka is given below.

Source: PDB Annual Report – 2016

Palmyrah Model Farms

Palmyrah Model Farm is large scale palmyrah cultivation with the suitable intercropping practices and it acts as a demonstration unit for the public and it create awareness among the people to utilize their own land efficiently in such kind of farming. Actually model fares are a long term investment for the palmyrah industry. Therefore we can’t expect an income in the early stage as most of the model farms given below are with young palmyrah trees.  But it should be maintain properly to get better output in future.

Presently model farm are used for seedbed preparation, seedling production and intercropping activities.

District Location & Area Main Crops
Jaffna Mamunai Young Palmyrah and Cashew
Delft Young Palmyrah
Kudaththanai Young Palmyrah
Vavuniya Puliyankulam Young Palmyrah, lime, some fruit crops
Kilinochchi Ootrupulam Young Palmyrah
Kowtharimunai Young Palmyrah
Mulankavil Young Palmyrah
Hambantota Weerawila Palmyrah and annual crops as banana, gingili

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