Blessed with murmuring ocean waves and rich marine life, Sri Lanka is a dream-come-true for seafood lovers. Ethically harvested by a fleet of 4500 fishing boats operating on the blue waters surrounding the exotic island, Sri Lankan seafood production uses traditional craftsmanship in conjunction with state-of-the-art modern technology.
Rubber and rubber-based products have long been among the best-known exports from Sri Lanka. Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) cultivation started in Sri Lanka in 1876 while Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon, was under British hegemony. Natural rubber is composed of long isoprene polymer chains, loosely connected.
The tradition of preserving fruit and vegetables has a long history and tradition, across the world. As a country that enjoys an abundance of fruits, Sri Lanka also has a long history of preserving fruits while retaining their flavour and nutrients.
Sri Lanka, a tropical island in the Indian Ocean, is endowed with some of nature's most prized blessings. Even if an area of 65,610 square kilometres makes a relatively small country, owing to Sri Lanka's varied climate and topographical conditions, the country boasts a high level of biodiversity. Plants have been used for treating illnesses over a millennium by four systems of traditional medicine in Sri Lanka called Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Deshiya chikitsa.
The healing power of herbs is often appreciated. With time, many cultures have developed around their values. Traditional healing practises such as Ayurveda medicine involve the use of herbs in various ways. Herbal tea or infusions are one such beverage that is widely known across the world.
An oleoresin is a viscous liquid and a semi-solid material that is produced using the fine ground powder of its source. Black pepper oleoresin is the natural extract of the dried tender berries of Piper nigrum, commonly known as Black Pepper. It is a yellowish-brown liquid with a pungent biting aroma of its spice. It is also the most consumed spice oleoresin in the world, representing 50% of the global spice oleoresin production.
A Feeder Industry for Sri Lanka’s Light Engineering Product Sector
Cast metal products are an integral part of human life and the local economy as they are found in 90% of the manufactured goods and equipment, ranging from home appliances and surgical equipment to critical components for aircraft and automobiles.
Kithul jaggery and Kithul treacle or syrup (locally known as KithulPani) are two of the prized food products in Sri Lanka sourced from the fishtail palm also called ‘jaggery palm’. Fishtail palm (Caryota urens), a species of flowering plant in the palm family, is a tree native to Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, and Malaysia (perhaps in other areas of the Indo-Malayan region).
They grow in fields and rainforest clearings. It’s known in English by several names such as solitary fishtail palm, Kithulpalm, toddy palm, wine palm, sago palm in addition to jaggery palm.
Sri Lanka is a nation blessed with a range of nature’s priceless gifts. If we take stock of our blessings, we must count on tropical climes with sunlight throughout the year, good rainfall, fecund soils, wildlife, waterfalls, high biodiversity, gemstones, magnificent coastal belt, great seafood, a rainforest cover, and minerals among others.
Today, Ceylon Tea is a global household brand. But what about Ceylon Coffee? Well, the Ceylon Coffee era had practically ended by the time tea cultivation began in Sri Lanka.
Tea was one of the replacement crops experimented on in colonial Sri Lanka, when Coffee Rust, a fungal disease, devastated Sri Lanka’s coffee cultivation almost completely. But hope isn’t all lost on Ceylon Coffee because an amazing story of revival is being written as we write this. Maybe, in a decade or so, Ceylon Coffee will regain its glory lost a century and a half ago perhaps in a vastly different way.
Cinnamon is a widely available spice used daily across households, businesses, and industries around the world and serves many purposes apart from cooking.
The spice is made using the inner barks of the Cinnamomum tree which are dried until they curl into rolls. Cinnamon found in this form is known as cinnamon sticks and quills which are also used to make cinnamon powder once ground. The cinnamon tree grows in well-drained moist soils and the plant reaches a maximum height of 15 meters. It has thick oval-shaped leaves with smooth margins. (1)
Since the very first tea plant was planted at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, the Sri Lankan Tea industry has come a long way for almost two centuries. Once it went commercial, Ceylon Tea was soon renowned as the world’s finest tea based on its unique taste, and quality ingredients.
Loved by tea enthusiasts all over the world, Ceylon Tea meets the rising demands of the global tea market in various flavours and varieties. Ceylon Tea is also marked as the cleanest tea in the world since the product does not contain any artificial additives or harmful pesticides.
With an increasing awareness of environmental sustainability and eco-friendly agriculture methods, most farmers, gardeners, and nurseries are investing in eco-friendly horticulture practices.
The Sri Lankan agriculture sector contributes largely to the local economy. With a thriving coconut-based industry, Sri Lankan is a leader in producing coconut fibre and coco peat-based products for local and global markets.
Coconut is the third most important agricultural industry in the Sri Lankan economy, followed by tea and rubber. The Sri Lankan coconut industry has a long story behind its days of success. The versatility of the coconut has induced the launch of a series of new food and beverage products based on the kernels, water and sap of the coconut and the coconut flower.
Small and medium-sized enterprises are businesses that comprise a lower number of employees, assets, or revenues at a lower scale when compared to large-scale firms. The exact definition for an SME may differ based on the country. In Sri Lanka, a business is considered as an SME if its number of employees does not exceed 300 individuals and if its revenue does not exceed 750 million LKR.
Most developing nations around the world harness the potential of the country’s native creative industries in gaining economic development and empowering craftsman communities. Mostly involving traditional handcrafted products, unique to each country and region, many countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America have invested widely and heavily on their unique handcrafted products, that combine traditional knowledge, native skills and a wealth of indigenous resources.