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.  Research on 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 established as a small unit under the Extension Division of the DOA and it was announced as an independent body of the DOA as the division of Agricultural Economics in early 1970’s’.

     In 1976 it was renamed the Division of Agricultural Economics, Farm Management and Statistics under the leadership of a Senior Agricultural Economist, adding several other responsibilities. It was further renamed as the Division of Agricultural Economics in view of the importance of the activities conducted by this division.

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 established as a small unit under the Extension Division of the DOA and it was announced as an independent body of the DOA as the division of Agricultural Economics in early 1970's'.

        In 1976 it was renamed the Division of Agricultural Economics, Farm Management and Statistics under the leadership of a Senior Agricultural Economist, adding several other responsibilities. It was further renamed as the Division of Agricultural Economics in view of the importance of the activities conducted by this division.

     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 806,644 ha , 94% achievement from the target.
  • Cultivation progress of OFC is 143,836 ha and (79%) from the target.
  • Finger Millets, Green Gram, Cowpea, Black gram and Soya reported above 85% cultivation progress from their target.
  • Up country vegetables cultivation progress 16,412 ha – (87%).
  • Low country vegetables cultivation progress 25,283 ha – (83%).

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