Technology and innovation applied to two Srilankan traditional food chains: Spices and Rice
Sri Lanka, once known as Ceylon, is an island state located in the Indian Ocean and separated from Southern India by a sea strait known as Palk Straits.
The relations between Tamils and Sinhalese are still troubled following historical events which resulted in subjugation of Tamil culture by the Sinhalese one (in the 50s) causing high resentment among people belonging to the former. Reactions to such events always resulted in hard clashes between the two factions leading, besides many casualties and displaced people, to economic collapse notably in the tourist sector.
Though the primary resource of Sri Lanka is remittance by workers migrated to the Near East and Europe,the economy of the country is still based on agriculture; key crops include tea, rubber, coconuts and spices.
The project SRI BIZ, supported by funds granted under the call “Feed the Planet”, intends, on the one side, to support the income of small farmers in the districts of Ampara and Monaragala by developing processing and marketing channels for their spice and rice crops and, on the other side, to support the marketing and distribution of products obtained without using chemicals, by establishing PGS certification systems (Participatory Guarantee Systems) and ICS (Internal Control System) certification. This project shall also set the conditions for the introduction and large-scale marketing of an organic biofertilizer developed though applied scientific research, resulting from collaboration between ICEI-Overseas and Srilankan academic scientists.