FRUITS,VEGETABLES AND SPICES
The Exotic Delights of this Fruitful Island From the humble banana to the notorious durian Sri Lanka boasts numerous exotic fruits and the local markets are awash with color.
Spice-related Historical Facts about Sri Lanka
- Tropical Sri Lanka with its diverse micro climates and soil types has many spices grown in the island, some of them endemic, which has been the cause for their lucrative spice trade throughout the ages.
- Sri Lanka, historically renowned under names such as Tabrobane, Serendib and Ceylon, was famous for its high quality spices throughout history.
- In ancient times it maintained relations with the Greeks, Romans and Arabs through its spice trade.
- Old 14th century trade route maps of the world have proved that almost all trade routes passed through Sri Lanka. The main reasons for this popularity were the spices and ivory found in the tropical island.
- The Portuguese, Dutch and English found the country attractive, when they conquered Asia, mainly due its spice and ivory trade.
The spice trade of Sri Lanka namely consists of:
- Cinnamon (Kurundu) (Ceylon Cinnamon)
- Pepper (Gam Miris) and Chili Peppers
- Cardamom (Enasal)
- Curry Leaves (Karapincha)
- Turmeric (Kaha)
- Clove (Karambunatti)
- Lemongrass and Citronella (Sera)
- Nutmeg and Mace (Sadikka and Wasawasi)
"Ceylon Tea, the world finest tea"
Nothing like a delicious cup of Ceylon Tea! The vast tea plantations give a beautiful view of nature.
The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall of the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high-quality tea. On the other hand, tea produced in low-elevation areas such as Matara, Galle and Ratanapura districts with high rainfall and warm temperature has high level of astringent properties. The tea biomass production itself is higher in low-elevation areas. Such tea is popular in the Middle East. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, a British planter who arrived in 1852.
Sri Lanka Tea Board - http://www.srilankateaboard.lk/
FISHERIES AND MARITIME
The seas around Sri Lanka hold an abundance of fish. Fisheries sector provides livelihood for the majority of people living in the coastal belt and around irrigation tanks and reservoirs. Close to the coast one can find Grouper, Snapper Emperor, and Bonefish. Deep in the seas game fish ranging from Barracuda, Barramundi, Skipjack tuna, yellow fin tuna, blue fin tuna, sword fish and marlin, shark are found in abundance.
GEM AND JEWELRY
“I want you to understand that the island of Ceylon is, for its size, the finest island in the world, and from its streams comes Rubies, Sapphires, Topazes, and Amethyst & Garnet.”
Marco Polo 1292 A.D.
Although Sri Lanka is largely known for precious sapphires and rubies, the main types of gemstones found in Sri Lanka belongs to five major categories, which are; corundum, chrysoberyl, spinel, garnet and tourmaline.
The blue sapphire was declared the national gemstone of Sri Lanka in October 2003.
Gemstones Found in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has earned a reputation for its high-quality cutting and polishing Diamonds, while country's specialty is small diamonds of exceptional high- quality, which are imported sawn or cleaved rough.
Sri Lankan Apparel categories span Sportswear, Lingerie, Loungewear, Bridal wear, Workwear, Swimwear and Children wear. These products are manufactured and exported with the flexibility of catering to specific seasons of many countries around the world, USA and the United Kingdom have historically been the largest buyers of Sri Lankan apparel throughout the decades.
Ethical brands and Sri Lankan apparel go hand in hand and this focus on sustainability has proved a worthy investment in the future of the industry. Today, Sri Lanka is geared to meet global market demand for fast, high quality, ethical fashion products. The opportunity is perceptible to those concerned with product quality and business partner values; Sri Lanka, a sustainable apparel export nation, is a buyer's premier choice.
The design, manufacture and export of apparel products is one of the biggest industries in Sri Lanka, and one which plays a key role in advancing the country's economy.
Sri Lanka's apparel industry began to grow significantly in the 1980s as an alternative to India's garment manufacturers, because of its open economic policy as well as the trade and investment friendly environment. Under the Multi Fiber Agreement, quota regime Sri Lanka became an attractive new venue for businesses.
- Sri Lanka is well geared to meet global market demand for fast, high quality ethical fashion products.
- Three decades of experience.
- Environmental friendly factories – world’s first LEED certified Platinum rated production facility.
- Ethical practices–known to the world as a producer of “Garments without Guilt” under the principles of Ethical working conditions, free of child labor, free of forced labor, free of discrimination on any grounds, free of sweatshop practices.
- International reputation as a reliable and a quality manufacturer with a highly competent, skilled and literate workforce.
- Large number of companies that are regional players and have the capacity to provide competitive regional advantage by harnessing regional strengths in the supply chain.
- Focus to improve speed on delivery using strategic location advantage, coupled with the conducive business friendly environment within the country.
- Innovation focused factories which offers superior product development and design resources.
- Investment friendly government policies and strategic shipping advantage.
The rubber industry is one of the most developed and robust industries in Sri Lanka manufacturing product varieties from apparel and tires to raw rubber, rubber sheets, with the best quality guarantee from the exporters.
Why Sri Lankan Rubber?
Sri Lanka’s natural rubber has a high-demand in the world market due to its unique properties. The country now has a premium quality natural rubber type known as Lankaprene which is odour free to a certain extent, light coloured, and clean which is ideally suited for medical equipment and up- market value added products.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)
Sri Lanka’s Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM) is the national chamber for the knowledge and innovation industry in Sri Lanka and acts as the catalyst of growth. We do this by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouraging research and innovation, and by influencing a national policy framework of value to the industry. SLASSCOM has over 200 member companies with a 30,000+ employee base.
SLASSCOM drives the Imagination Economy: Sri Lanka’s Industry of the future, with the potential to become the #1 export revenue earner for Sri Lanka.