Ginger is grown in all over the country but wet and intermediate zones are major growing areas. Total cultivated extent in 2019 was 1838 ha. Kurunagala, Kandy, Gampaha, Colombo and Kegalle Districts are main growing areas. ginger is largely grown as an inter- crop with coconut and as a home garden crop. Total production in 2019 was 13785 Mt. Local ginger – Rhizomes are small and the fibrous flesh is somewhat ash white in color. Pungency and aroma are comparatively higher than other ginger varieties. Largely used for beverages.
Cultivation of ginger in Sri Lanka is governed by small and mid-scale farmers with large home gardens and mixed crop plantations, where ginger is grown as an intercrop with coconut, and other fruits. Today, the country has nearly 1900 hectares of ginger cultivation. And Sri Lankan ginger farmers produce an annual turnover of nearly 14,000 tons of which a considerable proportion is used in local industries including food and beverage, Ayurveda and cosmetics.
To maintain a strong price for Sri Lankan ginger in the global market, local ginger farmers operate in farmer collectives, bargaining together with large scale exporters and global buyers of ginger. As most of the bulk ginger stocks exported from wholesale ginger suppliers in Sri Lanka, ginger sourced from Sri Lanka has a zest with a hint of puniness unique to the terroir of the country.
Sri Lanka exports fresh and processed ginger as well as value-added ginger-based products like oil and oleoresins to Germany, United Kingdom, USA, and Japan among others and has a global market share of 0.119% with an export income of USD 737 recorded in 2017.
Local demand for ginger increased during the Covid-19 pandemic as ginger is crushed and used in tea and other drinks to help as de-congestant.
Ginger will be introduced as an inter-crop in suitable parts of the coconut plantation in 5 acres of the estate.