Cropwiz, one of the country’s largest agriculture projects to be resilient to seasonal weather patterns, is one such futuristic investment, which indicates the potential for protected agriculture at a time during which changing weather patterns are wreaking havoc on the country’s agriculture and food production.
The project, with an investment of approximately Rs. 1 billion – is an international Joint Venture and employs cutting-edge greenhouse technology which enables ‘climate smart,’ year-round production, mitigating impact of climate change.
The project employs automated climate control and fertigation systems, as well as hydroponics.
The greenhouses are envisaged to be largely self-sufficient and sustainable in terms of water requirement – through the use of a rainwater harvesting water reservoir and state of the art techniques resulting in near-zero water wastage.
The project has also generated substantial employment opportunities for area residents.
The Golden Harvest Project, another futuristic initiative with an investment of approximately Rs. 1 billion, which envisages substantially increasing the productivity of corn farming in Sri Lanka, is already making its impact felt in the local industry.
As part of the project two plants with a total dryer and storage capacity of 32,000 MT were constructed by CIC and these are already in operation.
In addition, farming communities are provided training and expertise as part of the project, which has thereby enriched the lives of more than 13,400 farmers in Moneragala and Anuradhapura areas.
The project also ensures safer inputs in the production of poultry feeds via the application of proper drying techniques.