There is a real increase in the demand for organic food in Germany, the export of organic food from Sri Lanka to Germany offers attractive economic prospects as many foods produced in Sri Lanka are also foods that cannot. not be produced in Germany, said the head of the department. for agricultural production, horticulture and cultural policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Germany Dr Burkhard Schmied at a recent virtual business forum.
Following continued support for Sri Lanka’s policy to move towards sustainable organic agriculture through increased engagement of the private sector, a virtual business forum was recently held under the theme ‘Sourcing Agricultural Inputs from Germany to strengthen Sri Lanka’s path towards organic and sustainable agriculture.
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Germany and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the German Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) and the Sri Lanka-Germany Business Council (SLGBC) hosted the Forum, providing a valuable opportunity to deepen the vision and government efforts to achieve sustainable organic agriculture.
The embassy’s joint effort with the private sector and GAA has proven that international cooperation will ultimately turn sound political decisions into tangible results.
The B2B meetings that followed the forum allowed Sri Lankan companies in the agricultural sector to connect with their potential German counterparts and created an enabling environment for companies to make direct connections in the presence of the highest level of government officials. respective companies.
Sri Lankan Ambassador to Germany Manori Unambuwe described the government’s efforts towards sustainable organic farming as a forerunner of “repositioning Sri Lanka as a global destination for a sustainable lifestyle that will bring other connected industries such as tourism, manufacturing and investing to greater heights in the long run. “
Agriculture Department Director-General Dr Ajantha De Silva praised the German collaboration to assist Sri Lanka in its innovative efforts to achieve its sustainable goals in the agricultural sector, saying the country has “Identified many challenges due to the lack of technical know-how and supply of inputs to achieve the expected momentum” and would benefit from international expertise in green farming practices. Dr de Silva, elucidated the national standard for organic agricultural inputs, providing much needed information for German companies.
Echoing support for the government’s vision of sustainable organic agriculture, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce CEO Manjula de Silva praised the steps taken by the government to allow the import of chemical fertilizers, noting that this would guarantee the balanced and sustainable development of the country’s agricultural industry.
GAA President Julia Harnal praised the timely organization of the Business Forum, stating that âGerman companies look forward to helping on this path towards more sustainable organic agricultural production in Sri Lanka – by providing innovative solutions to apply across the range of sustainable agricultural practices.
As Sri Lanka currently finds itself at a crucial time in its efforts to meet its national economic goals and its critical need for organic fertilizer supply for agriculture in order to move away from unhealthy commodity-based farming practices. chemicals, SLGBC President Mark Francis welcomed all future initiatives. promote bilateral trade and cooperation between Sri Lanka and Germany.