Activated carbon (AC) was first discovered by the Egyptians in 1500 BC, where its properties of absorption were used for purification and medicinal purposes. However, these potentials of activated carbon were first commercially capitalised during the First World War when it was used in gas masks to filter away toxic gases. The first AC production plant was commissioned in Germany and was used for sugar refining and was later used for wastewater purification.
Tourism Industry is one of the largest income earners for the Sri Lankan economy, bringing an income over USD 4 Billion in the year 2019.
Throughout history, Sri Lanka has been a magnet for explorers and travellers, who have marvelled at the country’s grand cities, stupas that kiss the sky, golden beaches, rising mountains, and dense jungles filled with exotic wild creatures.
Sri Lanka has a strong agricultural heritage that spans back to nearly three thousand heritage. Sri Lankan farmers have cultivated a diverse range of crops and have been actively breeding plant varieties that are more resistant to pests and diseases and have more nutritious and delicious yield.
Coconut water is a natural, healthy, and nutritious drink derived from the coconut tree, a permanent food staple and export crop in Sri Lanka.Rich with various nutrients, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, and growth hormones, Tender Coconut Water (TCW) is also a rich source of L-arginine, which is a free form of amino acid and vitamin C that can prevent heart disease and lipid peroxidation.
Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world and the only orchid type that we use in food. Vanilla is grown mainly in Central Sri Lanka due to the cold climate and wet weather conditions. The plant is a member of the tropical climbing orchid family Orchidaceae. Even though Vanilla is native to Mexico, its cultivation the plantation has spread itself across the world with time.
As the world battles to control the spread of COVID -19, maintaining good hand hygiene has become vital to control the spread of the virus. The World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as other local health organisations, recommend washing hands with clean water and soap and use of alcohol-based hand rub to keep the hands clean and control the spread of the virus by touch.
Agricultural products that are grown without the support of any synthetic pesticides, bio-engineered genes, or any artificial fertilizers are known as organic products.
In place of chemical agriculture, organic farming uses organic fertilizers such as farmyard and green manure. When it comes to products derived from livestock, the animals must be fed organically and given access to open-air in a free-range breeding environment instead of providing mass-produced animal feed made with by-products, antibiotic and hormone shots and enclosed breeding.
Obtained from the barks and leaves of trees that are scientifically known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamon oil is known for its numerous uses and health benefits.
Cinnamon oil of the highest quality is manufactured in Sri Lanka, using Ceylon Cinnamon the finest of the cinnamon in the world. Ceylon Cinnamon oil is admired for its unique fragrance when compared to other essential oils.
Throughout the past decades, the export sector of Sri Lanka has seen rapid growth. Backed by government support, growing experience and expertise of local industrialists and exporters, increase in foreign investment to better utilization of local resources, has provided the exporter sector with a stronger foundation to conquer new global markets.
Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), one of the world’s four largest audit firms recently released a comprehensive report titled ‘COVID-19 Outbreak: Impact on Sri Lanka and Recommendations’ This blogpost seeks to encapsulate the insights revealed by PwC in the context of export businesses.
In attempting to reduce the spread of the COVID – 19 pandemics around the globe, many countries have imposed temporary closures to the function of non-necessary venues such as restaurants and bars, luxury goods and apparel shops, as well as restricting large public gatherings and encouraging people to stay at home.
The gem industry in Sri Lanka enjoys a celebrated history mainly due to the Island's gem reserves and the country stands today as one of the world's largest gem suppliers with products of unparalleled quality. While the country exports over 75 different kinds of precious and semi-precious gemstones, sapphire varieties make nearly 85% of the export share at the moment.
From Ceylon Cinnamon to Ceylon Tea, Turmeric, and Ginger; herbs from Sri Lanka have long been known to have a boosting effect on our immune system. Whether made into a bitter, consumed with food or beverage and used as a spice these herbs and ingredients have been repeatedly proven to support the immune system function, and boost resistance to infection.
From its modest beginnings nearly four decades back, Sri Lankan Knowledge Services Industry has found its niche in the global market as one of the reliable and innovative digital solutions providers for small to large scale organisations and businesses around the world.
Herbs and spices have been a major influence on Eastern cuisine since times immemorial. Spices heighten the flavour and aroma of a dish. Currently, herbs and spices are valued beyond their rudimentary flavouring applications and see continued demand for various medicinal purposes.
Sri Lanka, the celebrated Spice Island, is the proud country of origin of some of the world's highest-quality spices and is among the top spice exporting countries in the world.
To protect the integrity of Sri Lankan spice exports and provide a convenient mean of identification for spices made in Sri Lanka the Sri Lanka Export Development Board has acquired and developed the ‘Ceylon Spices’ brand and geographic indication for five types of spices exported from Sri Lanka, which acts as a proof quality and flavour that is unique to the terroir of Sri Lanka.
Ayurveda is believed (with good reason) to be an eternal science that first existed in the universal consciousness (Brahma) before it was passed from the creator to the ancient Indian mystics through meditation. The roots of Ayurveda go deep into the antiquity. Many of the foods and spices associated with Ayurvedic cuisine, including rice, lentils, urad dal, ginger, and turmeric, were already being cultivated during this period.
With the Sri Lankan Export Development Board seeking to achieve an ambitious target of USD 18.5 Billion in export earnings in 2020, the organisation has doubled its effort to increase the earnings by a 15% compared to the year 2019 through a series of strategic objectives, which seeks to transform the country’s existing approach to export.
A combination of local and global terrorism, political turmoil and natural disaster saw the local, as well as the global economy, slowing down compared to the year 2018. Sri Lanka registered a GDP growth of 2.8% during the last year against 3.3% recorded in 2018, while the global GDP also grew at a subdued rate of 2.5%, mainly due to Chinese and the USA trade tension and low growth recorded in the EU and Japan.