Dutch Embassy releases latest report on international trade and marketing opportunities in Sri Lanka

News Item | 18-08-2021 | 17:19

The study was aimed at identifying potential for global trade and marketing opportunities in the Sri Lankan horticulture sector. The report outlines the gaps and opportunities in the Sri Lankan horticulture sector and provides advice to international service providers to operate in Sri Lanka.

The difference in the report is that the study focuses on business and sustainable aspects. Increasing the value of medium- and long-term opportunities to collaborate with Sri Lankan horticultural stakeholders to provide skills and technology to grow the fruit and vegetable industry in Sri Lanka.

Special attention is paid to professional and corporate opportunities in the Netherlands:

  • Inputs such as seeds and distribution materials, fertilizers, machinery, inputs for organic farming, etc.
  • Technical supplies, covering the entire supply chain (greenhouse, automation, irrigation, growth systems, logistics, post-harvest solutions);
  • Solutions for logistics, international trade, certification, etc.
  • Consulting and marketing promotion support;
  • Agronomic practices and agricultural extension services;
  • Knowledge and technical knowledge.

Sri Lanka’s horticultural sector has been the subject of much industrial talk for years, which, unfortunately, has yet to materialize. This potential for fruit and related crops continues to seek opportunities to strengthen the sector, both in the public and private sectors, and to address the challenges facing the sector.

The Netherlands is internationally recognized for its agricultural policy, highly productive and sustainable (for example, water demand for fresh tomatoes has dropped from 300 to 4 liters / kg). The Netherlands aims to share its expertise globally and increase sustainability through sustainable agriculture, resource efficiency, organic farming, and climate resilience. The Netherlands expects Dutch companies to produce and trade responsibly (globally).

In the publication of the report, the Embassy (Dutch) plans to provide concrete areas for stakeholders to develop and invest in the Sri Lankan horticulture sector. The embassy is looking for opportunities to engage interested parties representing the Dutch private sector in a mutually beneficial partnership with Sri Lanka’s horticultural industry.

The mission was conducted by former Highways Agricultural Managing Director Rizvi Zahid, Chandula Abewikrema, current chairman of the Public Trading Finance PLC and members of the LANIN Impact Investment Network (LIIN) team. Nishan Dissanyake, Senior Agricultural Policy Adviser at the Embassy, ​​coordinated the project on behalf of the Dutch Embassy.

If you have any questions, please contact COL@minbuza.nl

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