A. Baur & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd., widely known as Baurs, a diversified business group and one of the pioneering innovators in agriculture in Sri Lanka, recently shared preliminary key insights and solutions for the country’s farming industry to successfully master the conversion from conventional to organic, backed by scientific evidence and sound knowledge drawing from both professional and practical experiences.
A. Baur & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd (Baurs), together with its contracted institutions namely Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), in their findings upon their study visit suggested necessary steps for the country to embrace a successful transition from conventional to an organic production system within a short period of time.
The report highlighted that the conversion to an agricultural system without using synthetic fertilizers cannot function by just replacing mineral fertilizers with organic fertilizers, citing the fact that there needs to be sufficient organic fertilizers, including the importance of reactivating soils biologically as the current soil-plant system, accustomed to mineral fertilizers, is not adapted to digest and use them. Additionally, it also mentioned that larger quantities of raw materials need to be transported and spread in fields.
It stressed that the ecological conversion to an organic one requires a holistic change of concept, which will take several years including efforts towards capacity development. However, given the immediate ban in the country it recommended that farmers be provided with options for soil fertility management without synthetic fertilizers for the ongoing Maha season.
As the first step, it recommended large amounts of organic fertilizers be organized by importing such products and begin capitalizing on natural sources of nitrogen. Parallelly, potential sources of organic remains, such as waste from the food industry and markets and remains from the animal industry for instance, must be identified and explored in ways to valorize them as organic fertilizers. And that such recycling will also close nutrient cycles, contributing to a positive environmental impact.
Compost should play a crucial role especially in its role to activate soil biology and its contribution to stabilize soil structure which in turn brings numerous benefits, citing that quality composts can also reduce the incidence of plant diseases.
Secondly, it suggested a new holistic management towards agricultural production be undertaken which requires more time, supported by relevant skills and knowledge. Crop rotations or mixed cropping techniques, soil fertility management and selecting crop varieties that are appropriate for organic production are important tasks to act upon, all of which will result in an efficient and sustainable system in the long term.
Baurs is actively engaging with the team of senior experts from FiBL and HAFL who are also coordinating their efforts together with other relevant organisations, with the view of continuously studying the country’s ecological landscape and provide the best scientific and practical solutions and knowledge to embrace the transition challenge.
Exterminators PLC certified as great place to work
Exterminators PLC announces that it has been certified as a Great Place to Work for the second year in a row. This achievement reaffirms our commitment to creating an environment that fosters learning, development, and success for our staff members. The certification was awarded after an independent audit and certification process conducted by the renowned organisation Great Place to Work (GPTW), which evaluated our company across various focus areas. Exterminators PLC excelled in the Trust Index, scoring high points in all focus areas during the certification process.
“The challenges we faced over the past twelve months were unprecedented. We are proud of our coworkers, who kept our business operating without interruption by working collaboratively and courageously and leaning on our collective creativity, innovation, and passion. Our slogan was ‘How can we’ keep the promise we made? and we constantly innovated to get the job done, no matter how difficult it was.
We are grateful to our coworkers who collaborated with us during these most challenging times and for their pure commitment and loyalty towards Exterminators PLC, which kept us moving forward despite unprecedented obstacles.” Marlon Ferreira the Managing Director said.
SLT-MOBITEL mTunes introduces ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo
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Participating in the promotion is easy. Existing and new CRBT users have the chance to win these fantastic prizes, including becoming millionaires, by simply activating more mTunes during the promotional period. With multiple cash prizes available, there are numerous opportunities to win every week. The ‘Be a Millionaire’ promotion is a golden opportunity to make dreams come true.
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Lanka can build strong tourism ‘eco-brand’: UN official
By NETHMI RAJAWASAM
ECONOMYNEXT –Sri Lanka can build an ‘eco-brand’ catering especially to younger tourists who feel strongly about the environment, United Nations Resident Representative to Sri Lanka, Azusa Kobota said.
About 70 percent of global travellers prioritise sustainability in their holiday choices, marking a ten percent increase from 2021, while around 30 percent of travellers feel guilty about flying, due to carbon emissions, she said.
“As the world embraces green thinking during this time of economic recovery efforts, the objective of the tourism sector cannot simply be about increasing the number of inbound tourists,” Kobota said at an event marking World Tourism Day in Colombo.
“It has to be about enhancing their experience through green lenses, by implementing a responsible, eco-conscious paradigm for the sector and building a stronger eco-brand around the sustainable agenda for Sri Lanka,”
“This is no longer about reducing the trade offs between growing the industry and protecting the environment.
“We must see nature as our asset and solutions to be obtained for the exponential growth for our future generations.”
The sustainable tourism market is estimated to have earned 195 billion US dollars in 2022, and is expected to reach about 656 billion US dollars in 2032, she said.
“Tourists, particularly the younger generations from gen X,Y,Z are deeply, deeply conscious about the long term choices of their actions, and the adverse impact of tourists on the environment.
“Statistics show that a significant proportion of global travellers, about 30 percent, feel guilty about flying due to the environmental impact and 22 percent say they actively prefer public transport and bicycle rental options, over renting a car.”
Sri Lanka welcomed one million tourists by September 26 and is expecting more that 1.5 million tourists by the end of the year.
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