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 Lankan Embassy in Germany, together with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the German Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) and the Sri Lanka-Germany Business Council (SLGBC), hosted the Forum, providing an opportunity valuable to deepen the vision and efforts of the government. to achieve sustainable organic farming. The joint effort of the Embassy, the private sector and the 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.
Kicking off the Forum, Her Excellency Manori Unambuwe, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany, highlighted the government’s efforts towards sustainable organic farming as a forerunner in “repositioning Sri Lanka as a destination. global for a sustainable lifestyle that will bring other connected industries such as tourism, manufacturing and investment to greater long-term heights ”.
On behalf of the Hon. Sri Lanka’s Agriculture Minister Dr Ajantha De Silva praised the German collaboration to help Sri Lankan innovative company achieve its sustainable goals in the agricultural sector, saying the country has “identified many challenges in due to the lack of technical know-how and the shortage of inputs in achieving the expected momentum “and would benefit from international expertise in green farming practices. Dr Ajantha de Silva, Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, meanwhile, elucidated the requirements of national standards for organic farm inputs, providing much needed information to 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 imports 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, saying that “German companies look forward to helping this path towards more sustainable organic agricultural production in Sri Lanka – by providing innovative solutions to be applied across the range of sustainable agricultural practices.
Dr Burkhard Schmied, Head of the Department of Agricultural Production, Horticulture and Cultural Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Germany, pointed out that there is a real increase in demand for organic food in Germany , exporting organic food from Sri Lanka to Germany provides good economic prospects, as many foods produced in Sri Lanka are also foods that cannot be produced in Germany.
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 Chairman Mark Francis welcomed all future initiatives aimed at fostering bilateral trade and cooperation between Sri Lanka and Germany.