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CRT (Coconut-Rubber-Tea) Trade Fair held at BMICH

first time in the annals of the Sri Lankan History

CRT (Coconut-Rubber-Tea) Trade Fair, the Sri Lankan plantation industry’s premium trade fair of the year, was launched by His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH on 11th August 2017. The trade fair, organized by the Ministry of Plantation Industries, concluded on 13th August 2017. Plantation Industries Minister Hon. Naveen Dissanayake and the Deputy Minister Hon. Lakshaman Wasantha Perera were also present at the inauguration.

 

 

History of Coconut of Sri Lanka goes back 580 AD. Coconut has become as a highly viable crop in the world due to escalating demand for coconut products in the international markets. Wide range of coconut based products contributing significantly to foreign exchange earnings as well as coconut is serving as a food crop. Coconut is the most widely cultivated crop spread through most parts of the country.

Sri Lanka is the 5th largest producer in the world with more than 440,000 ha of cultivated extent. The coconut sector of Sri Lanka contributes to the employment of around 135,000 people and provides livelihoods for about 700,000 people. In Sri Lanka, coconut based industries play a vital role in sustaining a viable economy at village, district, regional and national levels. It is also an important export crop earning foreign exchange of about USD 550 million annually, contributing about 1.0% to the GDP. Major export products of the sector are Desiccated Coconut, Coconut Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Milk Powder and Coconut cream, Coconut Water, King coconut water, Coconut flour, Vinegar, Fiber products, substrates fiber products, coconut shell products and coconut fiber/shell ornaments. The GDP. Major export products of the sector are Desiccated Coconut, Coconut Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Milk Powder and Coconut cream, Coconut Water, King coconut water, Coconut flour, Vinegar, Fiber products, substrates fiber products, coconut shell products and coconut fiber/shell ornaments.

Coconut Research Institute plays a vital role in the sector as the national body of providing recommendations and technical standards related to the coconut industry through Research and Development initiatives.

In the Trade Fair, several stalls were set up by the CRI with the view of disseminating novel technical advancements among the stakeholders of the industry.

Plantation Industries Minister Hon. Naveen Dissanayake visited the stalls of Coconut Research Institute on the second day of the Trade Fair.

Chairman of the CRI, Mr. Jayantha Jayewardene is explaining the Minister of the exhibits and related technologies

 

Dr. N. S. Aratchige is explaining the Minister of the advancements attained and milestones reached in the field of coconut Pest and Disease controlling

 

 


 

GROWING DEMAND FOR THE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN COCONUT CULTIVATION.

First Programme of the Certificate Course on Coconut Cultivation and Value Addition in 2017 was held at Ambakele Isolated Seed Garden on 28th April 2017. The Programme was on coconut nursery management, planting/replanting and caring of seedlings and young palms. The certificate course has become increasingly popular with large number of growers, showing their willingness to attend and there were 262 participants for the first programme. They got the opportunity to familiarize with pollen processing, hybridization techniques, production of improved varieties, seed garden concepts, nursery management, seedling certification procedure, coconut tissue culture, planting/replanting methods and after care of seedlings.

 


CRI STAFF CELEBRATE ALUTH AVURUDU FESTIVAL, 2017.

A vast crowd rallied at the CRI Play Ground to participate in the Aluth-Avurudu Festival held on 26th April 2017. Several Avurudu sport events were held and valuable prizes were awarded for the winners. At the end of the event, wonderful stage drama was played and this colorful event was organized by the Lalitha Kala Kawaya of CRI.

 


HON. VICE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, CHINA VISITED CRI

Mr.Chen Xiaohua, Hon.Vice Minister of Agriculture,China and five other delegates visited CRI on 5th May 2017. Chinese delegates were welcomed by the Chairman, CRB; Mr. Jayantha Jayewardene. After the research presentations conducted by CRI staff, Hon. Mr.  Chen Xiaohua agreed to establish collaborations on some areas of the coconut research between China and CRI, Sri Lanka

 


Workshop on “Changing the Thinking, Changing the People”

A workshop on “Changing the Thinking, Changing the People” was organized by the Deputy Director (Admin), Mr. K.W.B.M.P. Wijesundara to change the attitudes of the staff to establish better working environment in the institute on 26th January 2017. In the morning session, Prof. K.A.S. Dhammika, University of Kelaniya  made an interesting presentation about the good working habits. In the evening session, Dr. Tharindu Weerasinghe, Senior lecturer, University of Kelaniya conducted an interactive session on “How to be a good Leader” and what the leadership qualities are to be gained by the personnel. This was a highly valuable commencement to the CRI staff to refresh their thinking behavior as well as attitudes, to achieve the institute’s mission.

 


CRI Celebrates 2nd Year in Office of His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena

A simple ceremony was held at the Pallama Seed Garden of the Coconut Research Institute on 8th January 2017 to mark the 2nd year in office of His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Chairman, Director, Additional Director, Deputy Director (Admin), Heads of Divisions and staff members participated. On this day, a massive hand pollination programme to produce and supply high yielding hybrid coconut cultivars to 35,000 families in the North was launched.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Chairman and the pollination staff were given their contract documents by the Deputy Director (Admin). On the same occasion the first batch of clonal plants produced at the Tissue Culture Division of CRI was presented by Dr. (Mrs.) Vijitha Vidhanaarachchi to Dr. Nihal Silva the Chief Guest and former chairman of the Coconut Growers Association to mark this event.

 


CRI STAFF REAFFIRMS PUBLIC SERVICE OATH ON THE NEW YEAR

All employees of the CRI affirmed the public service oath together with the Chairman, Director, Additional Director and Deputy Director (Admin) on 02nd January 2017. On this occasion the National and Institute flags were hoisted by Mr.Jayantha Jayawardhane, Chairman, CRB and Dr. (Mrs.) L.C.P. Fernando, Director, CRI respectively.

Mr. Jayantha Jayewardene while wishing the staff, thanked for their dedicated and committed service during the past years to develop the coconut industry and to upgrade the institute. Dr. Priyanthi Fernando gave brief account on the performance of the institute during the past years and development plans for the coming year.

At the end CRI staff pay heed to the new year address of His Excellency the President Maithreepala Sirisena’s under the theme of “Sustainable Era 2030”.