Socio Economic Planning Centre
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Socio Economics and Planning Centre is one of the major centres 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 as the Division of Agricultural Economics and Planning. Under the restructuring of the Department of Agriculture in 1994, the Centre got the present name; Socio Economics and Planning Centre(SEPC),headed by a Director. In 1998, one of the major units of the DOA, the Progress Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PEMU) managed by a Senior Deputy Director was annexed to the centre.
In 2007, socio economic research and policy analysis are focused on adoption of farm mechanization, resource utilization, international trade, technology dissemination, food security and food consumption patterns. The centre contributes to streamline various research and development programs of the DOA through identifing and priroritizing research agenda and guiding policy makers in developing strategies for solving problems concerning food shortage, especially in the context of changes in government policies and changes in global and domestic economic environment. The centre investigated main socio economic problems, policy aspects and resource utilization in the food crops sector. In addition the SEPC conducts a comprehensive programe to build a database on cost and returns of all major food crops on district and seasonal basis.
To help DOA and Ministry of Agriculture Development and Agrarian Services to achieve excellence in Agriculture.
To function as the National Centre 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.
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
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