[fusion_text]Coconut Based Exports

Coconut is one of the major plantation crops in Sri Lanka which accounts for approximately 12% of all agricultural produce in Sri Lanka. Total land area under cultivation is 395,000 hectares and about 2,500 million nuts are produced per year.

Sri Lanka is very popular in world market for Desiccated Coconut (DC) and Brown fiber. Distinguish white colour and characteristic taste of Sri Lankan DC has ranked Sri Lanka at 4th position of world export market for all kernel products. Sri Lanka holds the global No.1 for the exports of Brown fiber. A technique called drum system is used to extract fiber, resulting in long pure fiber, which are more suitable for brush industry.

Coconut Milk / Powder

One-hundred percent pure concentrates of coconut kernel extracts, with no added artificial flavours or preservatives are used by Sri Lankan Coconut cream & milk product manufacturers in producing these. Coconut Milk Powder is made out of coconut milk extracts following a spray drying process. The products, supplied extensively by coconut milk powder suppliers in Sri Lanka, are widely used in the confectionary and bakery industries, and also in many types of cuisines across the world, to add a unique creamy texture and taste.

Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil extracted from the Coconut Kernel is a natural edible product rich with vitamin E commonly used in cooking and to manufacture cosmetics. Due to the stability of coconut oil in high temperatures, which is known to be beneficial for health when used to deep-fry food products, compared to other edible oils. The product is available in bulk, consumer packs such as packets, jars and bottles and also as capsules that can be directly taken as a supplement.

Desiccated Coconut

Sri Lanka is very popular in the world market for Desiccated Coconut(DC). Flavoured Desiccated Coconut, Defatted Desiccated Coconut,and Roasted Desiccated Coconut are the major sub products in the category that are being exported by Sri Lanka coconut and coconut based product suppliers. Distinguishable white colour, texture and taste are the unique characteristics of Sri Lankan Desiccated Coconut, that are unmatched by other suppliers. Popular international chocolate and biscuit brand manufactures use Sri Lankan Desiccated Coconut, produced by skilled Sri Lankan coconut and coconut based product manufacturers in their manufacturing process.

Coir

The fibre extracted from the “Mesocarp” the outer layer of the coconut, Coir Fibre, enjoys the unique properties of being the longest natural fibre as well as the strongest in terms of twist resistance.

The product is made out of bristle fibre (long fibre) or bristle fibre mixed with omatt fibre (short fibre), according to buyer specifications. Sri Lankan Coir twine manufacturers & suppliers export Coir twine highly used in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture industries.

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HISTORY

Opinion of the origin of the areca nut is uncertain and has diverging views. Arecanut was most widely used by the betel chewers and historical records reveal that it originated in South India. Archeological evidence from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines suggests that they have been used for four thousand years or more.

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MAJOR GROWING AREAS AND THE SUPPLY

In Sri Lanka, Arecanut is mainly cultivated in low and Mid Country wet and intermediate agro-climatic zones. However a small acreage of areca palms can be seen in the dry zone too especially near large water lakes and along waterways. Total extent of Areca nut in Sri Lanka is estimated to be about 11968Ha. Matale, Kandy, Kegalle, Badulla, Ratnapura, Monaragala and Kurunegala are the major Districts from where arecanuts are supplied to the local market.

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SOIL AND CLIMATIC NEEDS

Climate – The cultivation of areca nut is mainly confined to tropical climates. The crop thrives well in humid areas protected against direct hot sun and heavy wind. Exposure of young plants to direct sun causes sun scorching.

Altitude – Grow well up to 800M AMSL.

Temperature – Grow well within 24º – 36ºC and adversely affected by temperatures below 10ºC and above 40ºC. Growth and yield performances are better in humid tropics. Strong winds are harmful.

Rain fall – Can grow within 1750mm-4500mm average annual rain fall ranges. Wet climate with well spread rain fall are ideal for the growth. Areca nut plants are highly susceptible to prolong droughts and in such areas areca nut should be planted near permanent or semi permanent water bodies. There should be clear dry spell and a sufficient rainfall for flower induction and to facilitate pollination.[/fusion_text][/one_third][one_third last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

PRODUCT & USES

The fruit of the Areca palm, commonly called as areca nut, produces a ripened Yellow Fruits. It caters to different requirements.

  • Locally marketed for the needs of the betel chewers. The betel chewers cut these fruits and remove the nuts to use it raw with the betel, lime and tobacco. It is mainly used for chewing with betel leaf in almost all South Asian Countries and in Many South East Asian and Oceanic It is a mild stimulant cause a mild hot sensation to the body. Nut is used both in fresh and dried forms.
  • In Pakistan and India Fresh nut are cut and flavored to produce different products.
  • In China and India Areca nut is used in the preparation of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines.
  • In India powdered areca nut is used as a constituent in some tooth pastes.

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INDUSTRIAL USES

Although many people know that Arecanut is mainly used for Betel Chewing purposes very few only know that Arecanut is used to manufacture natural Dyes. Even the Dyes used in the fabric drawings of the ancient times were natural dyes for which ingredience Arecanut Powder too had been used as one of the components according to the scrolls of the ancient times. As many do not know that the Carbon – black is the basic components to make printing ink many still do not know that arecanut powder is also one of the components used to make natural dyes. There is an ancient story to believe that the natural dye markers would have chosen the arecanut as one of the basic components to make dyes after observing the betel chewers mouths.[/fusion_text][/one_third][one_third last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Some of the products that are prepared in Sri Lanka

  • Chips One cut
  • Chips Two cut
  • Mamri
  • Diamond
  • Gutkha

Processing procedure for each of the items received from Local Suppliers and Foreign done very systematically in the processing Units of each item under careful supervision in a spacious Factory.

Removing of outer pericarps and polishing (cleaning) and dehydrating or drying done carefully to insure the safety of the product and packing done after the quality control supervision is done within a temperature controlled premises.

The labourers who are appointed to work in the Processing Units are provided with Uniforms, Gloves, and the Covers to prevent dust breathing and to be healthy without any sickness.

Process starts from receiving imports of commodities (Arecanuts) from from countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore etc.[/fusion_text][/one_third][/fullwidth]