• Adding lustre to Priceless Gems of Sri Lanka

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Adding lustre to Priceless Gems of Sri Lanka

    With a growing global reputation as a central hub for cutting and polishing diamonds and precious gemstones, Sri Lanka is a main supplier of precious stones to leading jewellery designers and watch making brands in the world.

    Nearly 3000 organisations equipped with trained staff, state-of-the-art equipment and generations of experience are engaged with the task of shaping raw and uncut gemstones to their best look prior to exportation.

    Sri Lankan miners, jewellers and gem traders have been experts in bringing out the best colour, clarity and texture of a gemstone for nearly 30 centuries. Even the earliest gemstones found during the archaeological excavations show signs of advance faceting compared to the rudimentary polishing and cutting methods used in other gem trading countries like India.

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  • Sri Lankan Seafood, the bounties of the Indian Ocean

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Seafood, the bounties of the Indian Ocean

    With an average of over 18,000 mt seafood exports per year, bringing home nearly US$ 250 million in revenue, Sri Lankan Fisheries industry is growing into a major contributor to Sri Lankan exports.

    As a tiny island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is blessed with a large fishing ground filled with the most delicious bounties of the Indian Ocean. With a long history of harvesting the benefits of the surrounding ocean, Sri Lanka is home to a large fishing community who brave mighty waves to bring home the best seafood from the Indian Ocean.

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  • Precious gemstones from Sri Lanka

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Precious gemstones from Sri Lanka

    Of the 200 minerals, that have been classified as precious gemstones, 75 are found in abundance in Sri Lanka, making this pearl shaped small island a big player in global gem and jewellery market.

    Sri Lanka ranks with Myanmar, Brazil, South Africa and Thailand as one of the world's most important gem-bearing nations. Although Sri Lanka is largely known for precious sapphires and rubies, the main types of gemstones found in Sri Lanka belongs to five major categories, which are; corundum, chrysoberyl, spinel, garnet and tourmaline.

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  • Nutritious and delicious salads, pickles and desserts in jars from Sri Lanka

    16/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Nutritious and delicious salads, pickles and desserts in jars from Sri Lanka

    Craving for a healthy salad for lunch or a light pudding for dessert? Look no further as an innovative range of salads, pickles and desserts made with fresh Sri Lankan fruit and vegetable are now available worldwide to beat your hunger.

    Made with the freshest pick of Sri Lankan vegetable, meat and seafood; salads in a jar serve the taste and health needs of a large range of consumers from young to old to sick to able. Packed into a palm size jar and chopped into bite sizes, a variety of fresh salads ranging from chicken caesar, chicken noodle, prawns, egg and bacon, soya beans and ham, shredded spring salad, sweet fruit salad and tomato salad are produced by a number of innovative Sri Lankan food producers.

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  • Traditional goodness in a cup - Herbal Tea or Tisane of Sri Lanka

    16/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Traditional goodness in a cup - Herbal Tea or Tisane of Sri Lanka

    Free of caffeine and high in antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals, herbal teas have been an intricate part of traditional Sri Lankan lifestyle.

    Unlike the tea made from tea plant (Camellia sinensis), herbal tea or tisane has a long history as a Sri Lankan traditional beverage and has been one of the main beverages consumed by ancient Sri Lankans before the introduction of coffee and tea to Sri Lanka by British colonial planters.

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  • Organic Farming in Sri Lanka

    15/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Organic Farming in Sri Lanka

    As more and more consumers worldwide adopt a sustainable lifestyle that suits the global ecosystem, the demand for organic food products have increased by four-fold during the past five years, making once an unprofitable farming method lucrative and in demand.

    Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley and rye, is the component which gives flour dough its elastic texture helping it rise and keep it shape. Gluten has been a popular plant protein worldwide and has been a part of human food cycle for nearly thousand years.

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  • Storied Sri Lankan Gems Treasured around the World

    15/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Storied Sri Lankan Gems Treasured around the World

    The timeless brilliance of Sri Lankan gems is, indeed, the stuff of legends. This is undoubtedly evident in the fact that a multitude of Sri Lankan gems are being treasured around the world by both top museums and private collectors. This blogpost seeks to mention a couple of the most famous, priceless gems that are so jealously guarded.

    Rosser Reeves Star Ruby

    Weighing some 138.7 carats, the Rosser Reeves Star Ruby is one of the world’s biggest and most precious star rubies. This Sri Lankan stone is famed for its striking colour and noticeable star pattern. Advertising mogul Rosser Reeves, whom this stone is named after, donated this to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in 1965.

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  • Different flavours and uses of coconut

    14/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Different flavours and uses of coconut

    From super hydrating coconut water to oil rich coconut milk and gluten free coconut flour, coconut is a source of varying tastes and food products, feeding a world with nutritious and tasty products that are easy to prepare and good to eat.

    For every Sri Lankan that ever lived, coconut palm is equal to a wonder tree that delivers to a variety of products from food, cleaning material to shelter.

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  • Creating art with coconut wood

    14/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Creating art with coconut wood

    As a country with a long standing tradition established around the coconut tree, Sri Lankans have had a few traditional uses for coconut wood from producing furniture and household items to using them in roofing as rafters.

    Due to lack of regenerative tissues, the coconut tree does not increase in width with age and maintains a trunk diameter of 20cm to 30cm with an average height of 25 meters. The composition of the coconut timber is similar to conventional hardwood and performs well as a substitute for hardwood.

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  • Gluten-free food product exports from Sri Lanka

    14/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Gluten-free food product exports from Sri Lanka

    With a traditional diet consisting of highly nutritious and gluten free dishes made of rice, rice flour, red millet, red millet flour and a varying range of grams and yams, Sri Lankans have been able to evade the present global controversy over gluten by sticking to the conventional way of living.

    Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley and rye, is the component which gives flour dough its elastic texture helping it rise and keep it shape. Gluten has been a popular plant protein worldwide and has been a part of human food cycle for nearly thousand years.

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  • Relish scrumptious confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka

    10/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Relish scrumptious confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka

    The crispy brownish cookie feels fresh on the tongue. The chocolate coating sandwiched between the two square-shaped cookies melt in the mouth creating a divine flavour. In a moment, only fabulous after-taste is all that remains of the biscuit. Clutched between thumb and forefinger, the next one of the biscuits leaning downwards in the row come off the hastily torn cover. The same course ensues for the next one and the rest that remain. Wash it down with a cup of well-brewed, fresh tea and the feeling will be little short of 'simply awesome!'

    Whether it's sweet biscuits or chocolate or savoury crackers, confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka tingle your tastebuds like no other. Perhaps in keeping with the age-old reputation for hospitality, Sri Lankan bakers and confectioners have mastered the art of taste and concocted a tantalizing array of baked and confectioned delicacies over the years. The news of superior quality and taste has reached offshore into the overseas, resulting in a huge demand for confectionery & bakery product from Sri Lanka.

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  • Fresh fruit and vegetable exports from Sri Lanka

    10/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Fresh fruit and vegetable exports from Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka exports nearly 60,000 metric tons of fresh fruits and vegetables annually with 90% of the production being exported to Middle East and Maldives, earning an income of US$ 69.1 million in the year 2014.

    With a climate and soil conditions proven ideal to the growth of fruits and vegetables, Sri Lanka has been known to produce a large variety of tropical delicacies in demand worldwide. Agriculture, being one of the most popular livelihoods in Sri Lanka, the local markets experience an influx of fresh fruit and vegetable products during the harvesting seasons.

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  • ‘Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally’-EDB

    10/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    ‘Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally’-EDB

    EDB chairman Bandula Egodage addresses the “Promotion of Value Added Tea Exports” session held on 10 July at EDB.

    A whopping 96% of Pure Ceylon Tea production volumes leave Sri Lanka to serve eager global buyers while only 4% of it is brewed locally –and the Lankan tea sector is now called to lead the value addition way on 10 July. “Pure Ceylon Tea exports grew by 5.4% in 2014. Only 50% of tea export revenues came from value added while other 50% is from raw tea exports” revealed Bandula Egodage (Chairman & CEO-EDB) on 10 July.

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  • Coconut tree, the wonder tree of Sri Lanka

    10/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Coconut tree, the wonder tree of Sri Lanka

    We use it in our cooking as oil and as coconut milk, its wood in furnishing and construction, leaves and coconut husks as firewood and in producing coir and coconut shells in kitchen utensils. In short, coconut tree makes the world turn around for many Sri Lankans today as it did thousand years back.

    Coconut is also one of Sri Lanka's three major export crops, bringing home a total revenue of US$ 537.52 millions last year. Known for its great versatility, coconut tree is one of the most important trees in Sri Lanka, may the guidelines be economical or cultural.

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  • Over 10,000 buyers expected at Facets 2015

    09/07/2015 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Over 10,000 buyers expected at Facets 2015

    SLGJA Chairman A.P. Jayarajah, Facets Sri Lanka 2015 Chairman, Juzar Adamaly, Export Development Chairman Bandula Egodage and Foreign Promotions Chairman Armil Sammoon.

    Sri Lanka’s largest gem and jewellery Facets 2015 will pave the way for local gem and jewellery dealers to showcase their products for international markets.

    This will also enable small players in the industry to enter into the international arena. “We are expecting over a 10,000 participants this year throughout the four days of the exhibition. A large number of buyers from China have confirmed whilst over 100 international buyer delegation are expected to attend the show from several countries, Chairman Facets Sri Lanka Juzar Adamaly to the media conference held at Cinnamon Grand hotel. The event will be hosted by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) and the SME pavilion from the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB)

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  • Multiple uses of coconut shell activated carbon

    08/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Multiple uses of coconut shell activated carbon

    With an ideal pore structure to trap contaminant molecules, Coconut shell activated carbon is one of the most preferred filters in the industrial world today.

    Unknown to most of us, activated carbon plays a large role in our lives today. Humans drink water purified with it, breathe the air that has been scrubbed clean with it, eat food purified from it, wear clothes made with the help of it, go to war with it and heal ourselves with it.

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  • Coconut flour - a healthy choice in baking

    08/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Coconut flour - a healthy choice in baking

    A natural by-product of coconut milk production, coconut flour is made out of dried coconut meat and is gaining grounds in international markets as a gluten and wheat free, high fibrous alternative to grain-based flour products.

    The scraped white kernel of the coconut is used to extract coconut milk and the left-over is dried in low temperatures and is grounded into a soft powder to make coconut flour, popular among the health conscious and those adhering to a wheat free diet.

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  • Sri Lankan Vanilla cultivators and suppliers are catering to a growing global demand

    07/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Vanilla cultivators and suppliers are catering to a growing global demand

    Once a jealously-guarded secret of the North Mexican Totonac tribe, who believed in a divine connection between the Vanilla orchid and their tribal deities, vanilla was introduced to Europe by Spanish conquistadors, who are also ironically credited with the introduction of chocolate.

    Until the 19th century the global vanilla demand was exclusively met by the Mexican as the first attempts at growing vanilla outside Mexico proved ineffective due to the symbiotic relationship between the vanilla orchid and its natural pollinator, a local species of bee.

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  • More value addition will drive the growth of Sri Lankan Coir industry

    07/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    More value addition will drive the growth of Sri Lankan Coir industry

    Sri Lanka is the world's largest exporter of coir fibre and coir fibre based products, exporting a multitude of raw coir fibre and value added coir products to industries ranging from agricultural and horticultural developers to auto-mobile producers across the globe.

    Since the introduction of industrial coir manufacturing in the country in 1900's, Sri Lankan coir manufacturers have been the main suppliers of raw coir fibre and coir fibre based products to the global coir market.

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  • Coconut milk and Cream : offering the core nutrients for life

    07/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Coconut milk and Cream : offering the core nutrients for life

    Coconut and coconut based food products has been oscillating between good fat and bad fat groups for the last few decades and have finally proven to do more good than bad to the human body.

    Made from the soft white kernel of the coconut, coconut milk has been a necessary part of Asian cooking for thousands of years and has been a major source of protein and fatty acids to Sri Lankans, Indians and inhabitants of Pacific Islands.

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