About SEPC

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 Division 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 programmes 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 ofrecent 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 programme to build a database on cost and returns of all major food crops on district and seasonal basis was continued.
Uplifting the living standards of farming community through socioeconomic research and policy analysis
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.
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.
The SEPC functions as a major advisory body, supporting the DOA and the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Agrarian Services, in formulating agricultural policies and planning, conducting socio economic research and agricultural policy analysis. The SEPC maintains a statistical unit to compile agricultural statistics and information. The centre coordinates the activities of the local and foreign funded projects of the DOA as well.

Cost and returns of crop production

Socio Economic research

Agricultural Policy Analysis

Production and Marketing Studies

Crop Enterprise Budget

Publishing AgStat

Crop Forecast reports

Policy Guidance

Project Preparation and coordination

Evaluation Studies




Dr. R.M. Herath

081-2388081, 071-4429881

E mail: herath.rasnayaka1@gmail.com




Director - Productivity Efficiency, Comparative Advantages, Productivity Policy Analysis

Mr. A.T. Sooriyaarachchi

081-2388206, 94 759 749183

E mail: arunasoori@yahoo.com