Coconut Development Authority will be future pioneer of uplifting economy
Coconut Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe states that the highest export revenue from coconuts was earned under his Chairmanship. He states that the Coconut Development Authority is working to fulfill the massive economic target of earning export revenue of 2.5 billion US $ in the coming four years. Here, he speaks about the future of the coconut and coconut-related industries sphere in the present context of the country and the world.
Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka Celebrates the International Coconut Day on 2nd September 2020
The International Coconut Day was declared in 1998 at the 25th ministerial meeting of the International Coconut Community (ICC), formerly known as the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), an inter-governmental body established in 1969 under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). The ICC has 20 member countries accounting over 90% of the world’s production and exports of coconut products. Sri Lanka is a pioneer member of the ICC positioned within the world’s top five coconut producing countries. As per the declaration, ‘The International Coconut Day’ falls on 2nd September of every year.
WORLD COCONUT DAY AROUND THE WORLD
The World Coconut Day on 2nd September 2020 was celebrated with the theme “Invest in coconut to save the world”. The outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic forced all to celebrate this day remotely which connected the coconut family around the globe with a different experience.
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Widely accepted as the pioneer of the coconut industry, the Coconut Development Authority was launched with the clear objective of enhancing the foreign exchange brought into the country through the export of coconut and coconut based products.
“The Sri Lankan coconut plantation is done encompassing approximately 1‚100‚000 acres of land area. This accounts for roughly 20% of the agricultural land of the country,” said Director – Marketing Development & Research, Coconut Development Authority, Sampath Samarawickrema,.
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Coconut, a subsistence crop had to await the arrival of the colonial powers in the island, particularly the British, to change to a plantation crop. With the finding of new uses of coconut oil, in the manufacture of margarine, candles and soap in Europe, the demand for coconut oil increased by leaps and bounds. Accordingly all the major colonial powers started the cultivation of coconut in their colonies. The British in India and Sri Lanka, the Dutch in East Indies, French in Africa, and the Germans in the Pacific. The ‘Forward’ written by Sir W.H. Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers, to ‘Coconuts-the Consoles of the East’ published by Smith and Pape, speaks of the keen interest shown by the British in the cultivation of coconut as follows.
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Sri Lanka is one of the leading countries in coconut production. It has a significant share in the world coconut market mainly through the supply of Desiccated Coconut (DC). The Sri Lankan coconut industry is governed by the Coconut Development Act No 46 of 1971 and is monitored by the Coconut Research Board, the Coconut Cultivation Board (CCB) and the Coconut Development Authority (CDA).
‘Business facility unit’ to expand Sri Lanka’s coconut market globally
Sri Lanka’s Coconut Development Authority (CDA) will set up a business facility unit at the Coconut Processing Research Division to mark the International Coconut day, a CDA statement said.
With the new unit, the CDA plans to expand Sri Lanka’s market for coconut-based products internationally, the statement added.
Sri Lankan coir industry is resilient in the wakes of the Covid-19 pandemic
Due to the growing popularity of coco substrates in the horticultural industry and the quality of the Sri Lankan coco products, the industry has seen rapid growth. That means that the effects of the lockdown were also very big, both for the horticultural supply chain as for the 20,000 people working in the direct coco husk supply chain as well as another 100,000 indirect jobs. Now they explain how, thanks to collaboration with the authorities, they were able to get back on track rapidly.
Sri Lanka’s coir product industry limping back to normalcy
Sri Lanka’s coir and coir product export industry is gradually gaining momentum amidst the COVID-19 crises as most of the fibre mills and processing factories resume production within weeks of the virus outbreak.
A limited number of workers have been called for work and they are currently working at half the production capacity which will be gradually increased with the picking up of coir product imports from overseas, the coconut byproduct exporters said.
But the operations are yet to become full-fledged as the cancellation of export orders by COVID-19 affected countries have disrupted the local coir substrate production process.
Tropical Green Exports becomes an example of Civilian and Military Corporation in Jaffna
Commander Security Force Jaffna Declared Open the Coconut Collecting and Export Centre
The Commander Security Force Jaffna, Major General Priyantha Perera RWP RSP ndu declared open the Tropical Green Exports (Pvt) Ltd which operates as coconut collecting and processing centre at Eluthumaduwal on Sunday, 28 February 2021 upon the invitation extended by Mr Sheahan Arasaratam, Managing Director of Tropical Green Exports (Pvt) Ltd.
Factory for Coconut Byproducts in Jaffna Comes to Fruition on Commander’s Guidelines
The Commander Security Forces Jaffna, Major General Priyantha Perera opened the Tropical Green Exports (Pvt) Ltd office that operates as coconut collecting and processing centre at Eluthumaduwal, Jaffna on Sunday (28) at the invitation of Mr Sheahan Arasaratnam, Managing Director of Tropical Green Exports (Pvt) Ltd after the conceptual notion for establishment of this collecting point was suggested by General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and the Commander of the Army.
Sri Lanka’s coir product industry limping back to normalcy
The opening ceremony of the main plant of the company situated in Muhamalai was graced by State Minister of Coconut, Kithul and Palmyrah Cultivation Promotion and Related Industrial Product Manufacturing and Export Diversification MP Arundika Fernando.