History of Coconut of Sri Lanka goes back 580 AD and there are records on "Mahawansa" (Written history of Sri Lanka). Coconut has become as highly viable crop in the world due to escalating demand for coconut products in the international markets. Wide range of coconut based products contributing significantly to foreign exchange earnings as well as coconut is serving as a food crop. Coconut is the most widely cultivated crop spread through most parts of the country.
Sri Lanka is the 5th largest producer in the world with more than 440,000 ha of cultivated extent The coconut sectorSri Lanka contributes to the employment of around 135,000 people and provides livelihoods for about 700,000 people. In Sri Lanka, coconut based industries play a vital role in sustaining a viable economy at village, district, regional and national levels. It is also an important export crop earning foreign exchange of about USD 550 million annually, contributing about 1.0% to the GDP.
Major export products of the sector are Desiccated Coconut, Coconut Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Milk Powder and Coconut cream, Coconut Water, King coconut water, Coconut flour, Vinegar, Fiber products, substrates fiber products, coconut shell products and coconut fiber/shell ornaments.