The North Western Provincial office of the SLEDB, successfully conducted the awareness seminar/workshop on Cut foliage & flowers for the export Market on 20th June 2014 in the auditorium of District Secretariat-Kurunegala with the participation of 102 Cut foliage & Flowers out growers in North Western Province. The program was organized by NWP-EDB with the assistance of Department of Agriculture.
The main objective of conducting this seminar was to increase the capacity of export oriented cut foliage out growers in the Province by way of enhancing Technical/Market awareness and facilitating linkages between out growers and exporters in order to develop consolidated supply base of quality Cut foliage & flowers for exports from Regions.
At this seminar, Mr K.P Priyantha, an Agriculture Instructor of the Department of Agriculture took part as a resource person & delivered a presentation on Cultivation of quality cut foliage & flowers for the export market, giving more emphasis to the technical aspects regarding the field. Participants made aware on the export potential cut foliage verities where they could gain lot of opportunities by sub contacting these supplies for the export market.
In addition NWP-EDB made arrangements to get the service of an export company for the seminar as a resource person with the intention of providing practical experience on the sector for participants. In response to request made by the EDB, Ms. Chandima Alahakoon-Director of Dulvin Flowers & Nursery Pvt Ltd. a leading cut foliage exporter in the industry delivered a presentation on new trends of Cut foliage & flowers in the international market and significance of quality requirements of supplying cut foliage for the export market. Moreover, out growers made aware on regular problems face by exporters when supplying cut foliage & flowers for the export market. She expressed that there is a massive demand for some cut foliage varieties from Sri Lanka in the international market & encouraged out growers by giving the assurance of market availability.
Therefore, this event offered certainly an excellent opportunity for export oriented cut foliage & flowers out growers in the North Western Province and also to achieve EDB’s main objective of conducting the seminar. The NWP-EDB is intending to facilitate to establish linkages between out growers & exporters & provide necessary training with the assistance of respective institutes to develop consolidated supply base of quality cut foliage & flowers for the export market from Regions as an upcoming activity of this programme.