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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.