Sri Lanka is considered as the 4th largest coconut producing country in the world. Presently, coconut is being grown approximately in an area of 364,000 hectares and mainly focused at Kurunegala, Puttalam and Gampaha Districts.
Coconut is one of the major plantation crops in Sri Lanka which accounts for 12% of all agricultural produce in Sri Lanka. It contributes immensely towards not only fulfilling local requirements, but also earning foreign exchange as well.
Sri Lanka is indeed fortunate that coconut palm is native to the country and it does enjoy a prestigious position in the Sri Lankan society and it is interwoven with the culture and traditions of its people. It could be said that no tree could be of more beneficial to man than of a Coconut tree. Indeed, every part of the coconut tree could be put into some worthy use to benefit the people and this is why it is termed as “Kapruka” which means the ‘Tree of Life’
Sri Lanka being rich in coconut plantation has paved the way to establish many industries based on coconut. Coconut based products are from the Kernel, Shell, Husk, and fiber based . As such Sri Lanka is amongst the popular countries in world market for Desiccated Coconut and Brown fiber. The pure distinguish white and the fresh, natural taste of Sri Lankan coconut products has ranked Sri Lanka at 4th position of world export market for all kernel products.