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)