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An Innovation In Fish-Smoking Improves Lives

December 20th, 2017

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the output from such intensive labour is often low. That is now changing with the introduction of […]

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‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

December 20th, 2017

Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the […]

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The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

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Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

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The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

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FAO and EU promotes agri-business in the Ampara district in partnership with Hayleys

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by Admin No Comments

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has facilitated two contract farming agreements between Farmer Organizations operating in the Ampara district and Sunfrost (Pvt) Limited of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings. The agreements were facilitated under the European Union funded Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP). The signing of MoUs and Agreements for an export oriented Green Cucumber and Cassava Cultivation Programme, and for a Pineapple Production Programme took place at the Ampara District Secretariat.

Pineapple farms that will span across 200 acres are in the process of being established in Padiyathalawa, Mahaoya, Uhana and Damana, enabling 350 farmers to cultivate on a half-acre to one acre plot each. Over 300,000 pineapple suckers, planting material, technical training on pineapple production, soil and water conservation, formulating farm plans, and training on agri-business has been provided to the farmers. The pineapples produced by the farmers will be purchased by Sunfrost (Pvt) Limited which is expected to establish a processing plant in Ampara for bottled pineapple and dehydrated pineapple for the export markets.

Similarly, 300 acres of under-utilized land in Tampitiya in the Ampara district that was abandoned during the war, have been converted for the export oriented Green Cucumber and Cassava Cultivation Programme. A key feature of this programme is the introduction of a solar powered lift irrigation system to 100 farmers who have set up farm blocks of 3 acres each for green cucumber and cassava production. The produce will be purchased and marketed by the company which will ensure the required certification for the farms for export-oriented production.

 “Hayleys Agriculture Holdings accounts for 44% of the total processed fruits and vegetables exports of the country” said Mr. Ananda Pathirage, Director/CEO of Sunfrost (Pvt) Ltd & HJS Condiments Limited.  “The importance of the concept introduced by FAO and Sunfrost is to assist farmers in generating income by selling raw fruits and vegetables as well as in value added forms, since Sunfrost has already signed a buy-back agreement with farmers to purchase both value added and fresh produce at a fixed price. This project also helps to transfer modern processing technology to rural farming communities, mainly among the young generation.”

 “Food producers in Sri Lanka need reliable access to markets to grow” said Ms Nina Brandstrup, FAO Representative to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. “The linkage with the buyers ensures that producers have an understanding of what the markets want, provide a safe basis on which to invest in the production, and provides an incentive to become more efficient. In this way, producers can greatly increase their income and create employment opportunities in the communities.”

FAO and EU are supporting farming families to establish sustainable agricultural production systems that are market-oriented. Partnering rural farmers with the private sector through such contract farming agreements is one way to ensure that farmers improve their productive and marketing capacities and increase the level of production, resulting in a secure source of income.

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Representatives of Farmer Organizations in the Ampara district signing the Agreement and MoUs with Sunfrost (Pvt) Ltd. of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings.

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Cucumber and Cassava cultivation plots being established in Tampitiya, Ampara

News and Events

An Innovation In Fish-Smoking Improves Lives

December 20th, 2017

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the output from such intensive labour is often low. That is now changing with the introduction of […]

Read More

‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

December 20th, 2017

Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the […]

Read More

The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More