The global market for organically grown food products has reached 106 billion euros and a formal agreement must be reached to integrate Sri Lankan products into this space, said the chief representative of German affairs for the industry. and trade in Sri Lanka, Andreas Hergenroether.
He said the European Union (EU) is the fastest growing organic market in the world and Sri Lanka’s organic exporters need to become strategic suppliers.
He was speaking at a summit held at the Grand Canadian Hotel in Kandy on November 29 between the German Industry and Commerce Team in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) and the German Agency for International Cooperation for the Development (GIZ) to educate potential exporters and industry representatives to increase the capacity to export organic products to the EU.
Hergenroether said EU retail sales reached 41.4 billion euros, with Germany becoming the largest organic retailer in 2019 with 11.97 billion euros, also mentioned that among the main products Sri Lankan organic products exported to the EU include cinnamon, coconut, tea, papaya, pineapple, potatoes and leeks.
Participants were also briefed on EU regulations and European consumer requirements for the export of organic food.
AHK Sri Lanka, official (organic) representative of German companies in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the SME Development Program, provided information on regulations, certifications, standards, packaging, labeling and management of agricultural technology risks.
HMR Bandara, Provincial Director of the Center, Ministry of Agriculture, Shalindri Perera, GIZ Change Representative, Ashoka Abeywickrema, former Director General of the Central Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Udani Mendis from Biofood ( Pvt) Limited spoke on this occasion.