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.
The sector of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology and the business of growing plants, is known as Horticulture. It differs from the alternative plant sciences and other studies of plants. Instead, it involves the incorporation of science and aesthetics. Cultivations that follow horticulture include fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, flowers, mushrooms, among others.
Desiccated Coconut is a dried white, shredded particular manufactured from the peeled kernel of the seasoned coconut. It is used in the bakery and confectionery industry for ﬁllings for nut bars, cookies, biscuits, sanding of cakes, pies and other baked goods. Nearly 8000 nuts are required to produce 1 ton of desiccated coconut (DC).
Floriculture can be defined as the management of flowering plants, while foliage refers to the plant leaves. The practice of cultivating flowers and foliage for exports officially started in Sri Lanka back in the 1970s when it was identified as a potent export sector.
Clay is an eco-friendly material. It plays an important role in the environment itself by being a natural scavenger of pollutants. The natural source is structured in a way that it collaborates with water to increase its quality. As a result, clay is well known for its hygienic quality. This amazing material is moulded into different shapes and forms giving opportunity for hidden talents to find its way to the surface. Sri Lanka is a country that has a long history with such clay-based products.
Rice is the staple food of Sri Lanka and has been playing a huge role in everyone’s lifestyle for centuries. The rice cultivation has a long and parallel relationship with the country’s history and culture and Sri Lankan has practised an agriculture-based lifestyle for the past 3 millennia. According to the evidence collected through written history and archaeology, rice cultivation of the island goes back to the period of 900-600 BC.
Hailed as the Mythical Tarshish, Sri Lanka has positioned itself as the best country for sourcing precious stones. Around 90% of the country’s land is made of metamorphic rocks of the Precambrian age, approximately 25% of the total land is gem bearing, out of which most deposits are located in the Highland, Southwestern complex. Gem mining of Sri Lanka has a history of more than 2000 years.
The Sri Lankan apparel industry is one of the leading contributors to the Sri Lankan economy and one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the country, proudly manufacturing apparel and textile under the “Made in Sri Lanka” branding.
A supply chain is a sequence of processes and flows that aim at meeting customer requirements. Other than manufacturers and suppliers, the supply chain also includes transporters, warehouses, retailers, and consumers. It usually covers the areas of new product development, marketing, operations, distributions, finance, and customer service. These dots are connected through the threads of logistics.
Ceylon Tea is a widely consumed beverage around the world. For centuries, various forms of tea have been shaped and integrated into the cultures of nations across the world thanks to its unique flavours and medicinal properties.
Sri Lanka is a tropical country with rich biodiversity. Country’s inland waterways are home to more than 95 species of freshwater habitats out of 53 species endemic. Also, The continental shelf of Sri Lanka supports many reef habitats which house nearly 158 species that can be seen both on coastal and offshore reefs.
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.
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.
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.
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.