September, 18, 2023
A high profile event held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin on 8th September provided a unique platform for 10 Sri Lankan companies to showcase their organic agriculture products with export potential and connect them with potential buyers and investors in Europe. Implemented as part of the 'Support to Small and Medium Enterprises in the Organic Agriculture Sector' Programme, jointly co-financed by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the ‘Flavours of Sri Lanka’ event was a collaboration between GIZ Sri Lanka, The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board.
The 10 displayed Sri Lankan organic products were: Banana blossom (Sayaladu CoCo); Coconuts (Ceylon Exports & Trading); Vanilla (D&P Ceylon Expo); Cinnamon (Savour Route); Pepper (Joint Agri Products Ceylon Pvt Ltd); Jackfruit (Worga Naturals Pvt Ltd); Mango (Ellawala Horticulture Pvt Ltd); Blooming Tea (Gralgo from Ceylon Pvt Ltd); Immunity Booster Drink (Adhitya Ayurveda); and Moringa Powder (Lanka Good Market Gte Ltd). European buyers and investors were able to discover and try the products while interacting with the respective companies and building business connections. Enhancing the atmosphere at the event, fusion dishes were prepared from the products on display to the audience, thus bringing them to life.
Notable speakers at the event included the Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South Asia of Deutsche Bundestag and Former Federal Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture of Germany Renate Kuenast; Her Excellency Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany Varuni Muthukumaran; International Officer responsible for Sri Lanka from the European Commission Tomasz May; and the Head of GIZ Berlin Randa Kourieh. Also in attendance were senior Sri Lankan government officials representing the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, The Sri Lanka Standards Institute, The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board and the Department of Agriculture, as part of an International Study Tour that was funded though the 'Support to Small and Medium Enterprises in the Organic Agriculture Sector' Programme co-financed by the EU and BMZ.
The event highlighted the EU and GIZ work done in the field of Organic Agriculture in Sri Lanka, which included supporting over 1000 farmers and over 100 private sector companies. GIZ Sri Lanka and EU have been leveraging Sri Lanka’s organic agriculture industry, by providing technical inputs and knowledge to uplift the industry’s export potential.
Image Captions : Participants including Embassy of Sri Lanka In Germany ,GIZ Sri Lanka Team,10 SME’s and the policy Study group posing for a picture
Ms. Renate Künast , Chair, Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South Asia of Deutsche Bundestag and Former Federal Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture of Germany, H.E Varuni Muthukumarana Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany with Ms. Randa Kourieh Head of GIZ Berlin Office