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Pelwatte Dairy backs President’s pledge to meet domestic liquid milk demand

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Pelwatte Dairy Industries,is on a renewed mission to meet the domestic milk demand and uplift the socio-economic status of local dairy farmers.

This comes in support of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent pledge to empower the local dairy industry and increase the domestic liquid milk production in the next decade. The government’s National Policy Framework ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ is set to include short-term and long-term plans in collaboration with the public and private sectors, and small-scale farmers to meet the local demand for liquid milk.

In this regard, Pelwatte Dairy is determined to support the dairy farming sector by ensuring that all small-scale farmers and private farms will have a guaranteed buyer in them, and that their products will always be competitively priced so as to uplift them.

“The most significant components of our value chain are the farmers. It is for this very reason that we, at Pelwatte Dairy Industries, remain heavily invested in working with and uplifting dairy farmers with an intense focus of raising the socio-economic standards of these poor communities.

“The initiatives recently discussed by the President to increase the production of milk – including improvements in grass cultivation, dairy cow breeding and research institute services – are cordially and readily welcomed by us. It’s highly rewarding to see several initiatives being directed towards the empowerment of the dairy farming sector and the communities involved. And Pelwatte is extremely proud to be part of that narrative and journey,” states Managing Director of Pelwatte Dairy Industries Akmal Wickramanayake.

On the customer front, Pelwatte Dairy has always strived to deliver the highest quality products which adhere to globally acceptable standards. With Quality, Taste and Health being the three guiding pillars of the company, freshness has always been a key component of its offerings. And this is ensured through its policy of delivering all products straight from the farm to retail chains within a time span of 48 hours.

“As a strong advocate of supporting local and small businesses, our goal is to bring about a shift in the perception of Sri Lankan consumers, shining light on the reality of the local dairy sector which is that local dairy companies such as ours produce superior value-added products that are at par with or even better than the international brands that have been imported to the market over the past several years,” states Wickramanayake.

Moreover, the need to support local industries becomes all the more imperative in the post pandemic world. Commenting on the same, Wickramanayake added: “COVID-19 was a real eye opener for Sri Lankan consumers, shedding light on unfeasible buying patterns, flashy lifestyles and exuberant consumerism. Therefore, minimising imports and empowering local industries to sustain the nation is definitely the way forward in this day and age.”

Pelwatte Dairy remains highly committed to the sustainable growth of the dairy industry in Sri Lanka and seeks to steer this growth by empowering the farmers and their communities. Its ultimate goal since inception has been to make the country self-sufficient in milk production. And following the recent meeting with the President, the company is exceedingly eager to work hand in hand with the government and other stakeholders in the realisation of this national goal.

 

 



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BOI launches long term residence visa programme for investors

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Investment Promotion Minister Dhammika Perera and BOI Director General Renuka M Weerakone with Hajar Alafifi Laadel, Chairperson and Managing Director, Unilever, Sri Lanka ltd

The Board of Investment (BOI) recently launched the five-year residence visa program dedicated to investors, stakeholders and BOI enterprises.Issuing long-term visas for investors has been the practice as per the international standards. On par with matching the international benchmark in respect of ease of doing business, the BOI has decided to launch this program to attract more investors to the country.

The long-term visa program, a long-felt need, primarily aims to facilitate the investors who wish to embark on a journey with the BOI.The BOI annually issues 7500-8000 visa recommendations for investors, employees and dependents.The BOI has granted visas for foreign nationals from 109 countries such as India, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan which represent the most applicants based on last year’s statistics.

Addressing the gathering, Investment Promotion Minister Dhammika Perera said “The happiness on the faces of those investors present at the occasion, implies that the newly launched visa residence scheme is a success,”

“Before the implementation of this program, they had to go through a long documentation process every year to get these visas,” he pointed out.

“Having understood the prime need to provide a seamless and convenient service for investors, we have launched the new program albeit I have not officially assumed duties as the Investment Promotion Minister,” Perera highlighted.

BOI Director General Renuka M Weerakone stated “It is certainly a pleasure to see all our long-standing investors on this special day of launching the long-term residence visa program for investors.

“You all have been the contributors towards 65% of export earnings to Sri Lanka and have stood by us even in times of difficult periods that our country faced, which we wish to acknowledge with great gratitude,” she underscored.

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Dialog Enterprise introduces Dialog SmartLife App for Three Sinha roller doors

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Manjula Ariyakumara, Managing Director of Three Sinha Group of Companies and Navin Pieris, Group Chief Officer - Dialog Enterprise of Dialog Axiata PLC

The Three Sinha Group, a leading roller door company in Sri Lanka, has teamed up with Dialog Enterprise, the corporate ICT solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, to launch a smart roller door controlled via the Dialog SmartLife App. This app enables users to control and access roller door services conveniently from their smartphones. Customers who use Three Sinha roller doors simply need to download the Dialog SmartLife App on Apple App Store and Google Play Store on their smartphone to operate the roller doors from anywhere.

“This is another important step in that process, and we are pleased to partner Dialog Enterprise to provide customers with a future-fit solution. I invite our customers to become a part of this experience”, said Manjula Ariyakumara, the Managing Director of Three Sinha Group of Companies. “As expounded by our brand ethos ‘The Future.Today’, Dialog is continuously seeking avenues of incorporating communication technology into many service areas and product offerings. In line with this vision, we are delighted to partner Three Sinha, a leading Roller Door company in Sri Lanka”, stated Navin Pieris, Group Chief Officer – Dialog Enterprise of Dialog Axiata PLC

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People’s Bank commemorates its 61st anniversary

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People’s Bank, held a modest ceremony to on 1st July to commemorate their 61st anniversary at the bank’s Head Office in Colombo 02. Chairman of the People’s Bank Sujeewa Rajapakse and CEO/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku addressed the staff at this event.

In addition, Religious programs were organized by the Buddhist Association, Hindu Association, Muslim Majlis and the Christians Guild of the People’s Bank to invoke blessings on the country, the people, the customers and the pioneering leaders who have contributed to establish the People’s Bank.

Accordingly, a Pirith chanting was held at the Head Office which was followed by an alms giving at Sambodhi Viharaya in Fort with the patronage of Chief Incumbent Most Ven. Professor Iththademaliye Indhasara Thero. Hindu pooja was conducted by Sri Nivasa Kurukkal, Bambalapitiya, Islamic Service conducted by Deshabandu Al Haj Faisal Hassan mowlavi at Dawatagaha Jumma mosque in Colombo and the holy mass was conducted by Rev. Father Anton Rohitha at St. Philip Mary’s church in Pettah.People’s Bank Corporate and Executive Management, bank staffs and retired employees were also present at the occasion.

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