SEPC

Welcome to Socio Economics and Planning Centre - SEPC

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The SEPC functions as a major advisory body, supporting the DOA in formulating agricultural policies and plans through socio economic research and agricultural policy analysis. Center maintains functions as a agricultural information and socio information hub. Center coordinates and review the project proposals for local and foreign funded projects of the DOA as well.

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Programs

 1. Socio economic Research
          a. Production Economics
          b.  Agriculture Marketing and Price Analysis
          c.  Agriculture Policy Analysis
          d.  Project Analysis and Planning
          e.  Rural Development
          f.   International Trade
 2. Project Management
 3. Crop forecasting
 4. Cost of cultivation Surveys
 5. Agriculture economic data management
 6. International trade and International Relations            
 
 
 

We are ...

        Socio Economics and Planning Centre is one of the major centers of the Department of Agriculture (DOA),Sri Lanka. Originally in the late 1960’s it had been reported as a small unit under the Extension Division of the DOA and it was introduced as an independent body of the DOA as the division of Agricultural Economics in early 1970’s’.
        In 1976, adding some more responsibilities , it was named as the division of Agricultural Economics, Farm Management and Statistics headed by the Senior Agricultural Economist. Considering the importance of the activities handled by the Division further, it was renamed as the Division of Agricultural Economics and Project and the position of the head was upgraded as Deputy Director in 1982.

History of SEPC

        Socio Economics and Planning Centre is one of the major centers of the Department of Agriculture (DOA),Sri Lanka. Originally in the late 1960's it had been reported as a small unit under the Extension Division of the DOA and it was introduced as an independent body of the DOA as the division of Agricultural Economics in early 1970's'.

       In 1976, adding some more responsibilities , it was named as the division of Agricultural Economics, Farm Management and Statistics headed by the Senior Agricultural Economist. Considering the importance of the activities handled by the Division further, it was renamed as the Division of Agricultural Economics and Project and the position of the head was upgraded as Deputy Director in 1982. In 1984, again renaming the Division was taken place of Agricultural Economics and Planning. Under the restructuring of the Department of Agriculture on 1994, the Centre got the present name of Socio Economics and Planning Centre (SEPC) headed by a Director. In 1998, one of the major units of the Department, the Progress Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PEMU) managed by a senior Deputy Director was combined to the Centre.
       In 2004, Socio-economic research and policy analysis concentrated on focusing changes resulting from global trade liberalization, adoption of modern technology, post-harvest and processing, resource utilization and environment, agricultural marketing and food security issues. The Centre contributed to streamlining various programs of the DOA by identifying and prioritizing research agenda and guiding policy makers in developing strategies for solving problems concerning food shortage, especially in the context of recent changes in whether pattern and global and domestic economic changes. The Centre investigated main socio-economic problems and policies related to resource utilization in the food crops sector, and the findings are presented in this report. In addition, a comprehensive program to build a database on cost and returns of all major food crops on district and seasonal basis was continued.

Mission

To function as the national centre of excellence in carrying out socio economic research and policy analysis in relation to the production and marketing of mandated food crops, to ensure economic and social development of the farmers as well as other stakeholders.

Objectives 

        The mandate of the centre is to conduct socio economic research and policy analysis to meet the emerging challenges within the food crop and ornamental plants sector and formulate policy options pertaining to the food and nutrition security to enhance rural family income.

Highlights

  • Paddy Sown extent reported as at end November 2021 is 543,753 ha.
  • Cultivation progress of OFC is 105,735 ha and 58% from the target.
  • Finger Millet, Black gram, Ground Nut, Maize  and Green Gram reported above 50% progress from their target.
  • Up country vegetables cultivation progress 6,559 ha – (37%).
  • Low country vegetables cultivation progress 13,245 ha – (44%).