• Oman hypermarkets ready for Sri Lankan exports

    27/06/2017 EDB Media Unit

    02/01/2017
    Oman hypermarkets ready for Sri Lankan exports

    Delegates comprising seven sourcing directors who represent five companies in Oman on the initiation of the EDB and in coordination with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman most of whom own Hypermarket chains had B2B meetings with 45 Sri Lankan exporters ......

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  • EDB seminar on renewed opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter EU market

    16/06/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB seminar on renewed opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter EU market

    The EDB organised a seminar in association with the Export Product Associations on ‘Renewed Opportunities in EU Market’ with the objective of making the Sri Lankan export community aware of the opportunities under the EU GSP+ concessions when exporting to European Region.

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  • Development Strategies Ministry and EDB conduct symposium on ‘NES’

    12/04/2017 Daily Mirror

    02/01/2017
    Development Strategies Ministry and EDB conduct symposium on ‘NES’

    The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) conducted the first national symposium for Sri Lanka’s National Export Strategy (NES) with more than 150 public and private sector representatives to plan the next export growth cycle of the country.

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  • National exports strategy key to development agenda

    11/04/2017 Daily Mirror

    02/01/2017
    National exports strategy key to development agenda

    Following is the message by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, delivered to mark Sri Lanka’s First National Export Strategy Symposium held at the Temple Trees.

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  • Coconut Fiber Geo-Logs and Geotextiles in Environment Conservation

    17/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Coconut Fiber Geo-Logs and Geotextiles in Environment Conservation

    With the annual economic losses due to deforestation and land degradation estimated at a 1.5 – 3.4 trillion Euro in 2008, equaling 3.3 – 7.5% of global GDP in 2008, the world is fighting a losing battle against soil erosion and degradation caused by natural and man-made causes.

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  • Coco Peat based Growing Media from Sri Lanka for Greenhouse Cultivation

    11/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Coco Peat based Growing Media from Sri Lanka for Greenhouse Cultivation

    It’s no secret that Sri Lanka’s abundance of Coconut plantations is a significant source of export earnings and employment generation in that it gives rise to a number of industries from Coconut flour to desiccate to activated carbon to coir grow bags and everything in between. While it’s not as common as Coconut oil, desiccate & activated carbon exports, Coconut substrate based growing media are a lucrative exports industry. The industry has created an economic value for Coco peat, a byproduct of coir manufacturing industry, which had long been held as deleterious in terms of the fertility of land.

    Foremost among these growing media are coir grow bags, a product extensively used in greenhouses...

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  • Organic coconut products from Sri Lanka: Capitalizing on the global trend towards the organic food and related products

    26/12/2016

    02/01/2017
    Organic coconut products from Sri Lanka: Capitalizing on the global trend towards the organic food and related products

    Whereas Sri Lanka isn’t the world’s largest producer of Coconut, our footprint on global coconut production is still significant. Also, in the context of local exports, as both natural Coconut and value added Coconut exports constitute a significant portion of Sri Lanka’s export earnings, the commercial vitality of Coconut is beyond question.

    With increasing emphasis being placed on organic agriculture and the premium prices that authentic organic products command in the global marketplace, Sri Lankan value-added Coconut products exporters are turning slowly but steadily to production of value added organic Coconut products. Considering the growing demand for the organic agricultural products all over the world, this is a commercially astute and positive change of direction. Following are some of the value added organic Coconut products being currently exported by Sri Lankan Coconut products manufacturers and suppliers.

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  • Sri Lankan virgin coconut oil; the nature's best

    30/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan virgin coconut oil; the nature's best

    Although coconut oil had been in use for the nearly three millennia, it has faced changing reactions during the last century. Yet the discovery of the virgin coconut oil and the spread of its production has helped to revive the receding reputation of coconut oil. Extracted from fresh coconut meat without chemical processing, Virgin coconut oil (VCO) isthe "mother of all oils", celebrated for its purity and nutrition.

    Used as a substitute for animal and vegetable based oil, fat and butter during the time of shortages caused by the second world war, coconut oil was banned from western markets and was tabooed as a direct cause of heart diseases due to the presence of saturated fat in RBD coconut oil.

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  • Coir Brushes; cleaning the natural way

    29/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Coir Brushes; cleaning the natural way

    Coir, the thickest and the most strongest of the natural fibres, is a short and coarse fibre, with a low decomposition rate. Extracted from the outer husk of coconuts, coir based products has been a part of Sri Lankan daily life for centuries.

    Sri Lanka is among the main coir manufacturers in the world with Sri Lankan coir and coir based product manufacturer catering to nearly 40% of the global demand. Sri Lanka is also the largest supplier of brown fibre to the world with an annual exportation of 100,000 mt.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Discover 8 ways pure Coconut Oil improves your health

    02/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Discover 8 ways pure Coconut Oil improves your health

    Hailed as a 'superfood' in the truest sense of the word, coconut oil boasts a unique combination of fatty acids that lead to effective fat burning, better cognitive function along with a range of other health benefits.

    1. Coconut Oil contains fatty acids with potent medicinal properties

    Coconut oil is one the richest sources of 'staurated fat' known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being staurated. Due to the same fact, it wasn't long ago that coconut oil was blamed as a principal cause of heart problems.

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  • The desiccated coconut industry – glimpses of the past, present & future

    22/12/2014 By Jagath C. Savanadasa - The Island

    02/01/2017
    The desiccated coconut industry – glimpses of the past, present & future

    The desiccated coconut industry – glimpses of the past, present & future

    Desiccated coconut (D/C), a basic by-product of coconut with limited technological input has been a foreign exchange earner for the country for a long period of time.

    There had been the usual ups and downs or changes in demand patterns for D/C over the years but the international market situation is certainly looking up currently for D/C exports. In addition prices obtainable for the product too are promising which augers well for foreign exchange earnings from this product.

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  • Rise in coconut product exports

    03/06/2014 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Rise in coconut product exports

    Sri Lanka’s coconut related exports increased by 86 percent during the first quarter of this year compared to 2011, Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development Ministry sources said yesterday.

    The Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development Ministry was established in 2011 as a new Cabinet ministry. According to ministry statistics, during the first quarter of this year, Sri Lanka earned over Rs. 5,090 million from coconut related products, an 88 percent increase from the same period in 2011.

    In the first quarter of 2011 it was Rs. 2,115 million. It increased annually and the total coconut related products export revenue in 2013 stood at Rs. 44,952 million. Sri Lanka exports 35 coconut related products to 135 countries.

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  • Lanka coir now used by Mercedes Benz -EDB

    23/01/2014 The Island

    02/01/2017
    Lanka coir now used by Mercedes Benz -EDB

    Sri Lankan coir has grabbed the attention of a leading global automotive firm. "I am happy to say that our coir is now used by Mercedes Benz. This is the first time we learn that our coir have gone to such high levels" said a pleased Sujatha Weerakoone, Director General of EDB on January 22.

    EDB Director General Weerakoone was addressing "Exporting to Korea" event, organised and held at the EDB. The session was honoured by a 16 member strong South Korean undergrad delegation led by Prof. Bell C.J. Park of Myongji University, South Korea, who made a presentation. Also in attendance were more than 100 reps from various Sri Lankan exporters.

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