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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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SLIIT Business School hosts first International Conference on Sustainable and Digital Business 2022

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SLIIT Business School conducted the first-ever International Conference on Sustainable and Digital Business 2022 (ICSDB) on 1st and 2nd December. The Conference presented ICSDB Excellence Awards to selected winners, recognizing distinct sustainable and digital business initiatives.

Keynote speakers at the event included Professor John Bessant, Emeritus Professor of Exeter University, Professor Jaideep Prabhu of the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge and Professor Muthu De Silva of Birkbeck, University of London. The main address on the second day of the conference was delivered by Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

The ICSDB Excellence Awards 2022, recognized Sri Lankan enterprises who had initiated digital business initiatives, and were established as beneficial to various stakeholders under the ICSDB Index criteria of Ingenuity, Continuity, Scope, Deployment and Benefits. The ICSD Excellence Awards presented accolades under Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. An eminent group of judges including practicing managers from industries, representatives of industry bodies, and academics comprised the panel to select the winners.

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USAID launch Island Plastic Challenge to help consumer goods companies address plastic waste

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In support of the Ministry of Environment’s policy on plastic waste reduction, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) partner, Island Climate Initiative (ICI) under USAID’s global Clean Cities Blue Ocean Program, is calling on innovators around the world to design solutions to help Sri Lanka’s leading consumer goods companies reduce their plastic footprint.

Successful applicants whose solutions best address consumer goods companies’ top single-use plastic challenges will get the opportunity to pitch their technology to leading companies at a solution showcase that will be held in early 2023. Winners’ solutions may be implemented contributing to global efforts to reduce the more than eleven million tons of plastic that enter the ocean each year. The online challenge platform is now publicly open for applications at www.islandplasticchallenge.com. Innovators and start-ups, both local and overseas, are all invited to apply.

“USAID strongly believes that successful development initiatives are achieved through partnerships and collaboration. We look forward to working with Island Climate Initiative as they identify and facilitate the piloting of viable and scalable solutions to change the way we produce, consume, and manage plastic packaging waste to stem the tide of ocean plastic pollution.,” said USAID Sri Lanka and Maldives Economic Growth Advisor Mark Peters.

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Cinnamon Hotels inks MoU with Skills for inclusive growth

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Cinnamon Hotel Management Ltd. (CHML) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Government-funded Skills for Inclusive Growth Program (S4IG), managed by Palladium International Group, to achieve several strategic results through cooperation recently signed at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo. S4IG is a program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in accordance with the terms of a subsidiary agreement signed on March 31, 2022, between DFAT and the Sri Lankan State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Training, Research, and Innovation.

The MoU sets out the terms on which S4IG will plan and implement specified activities to support the reality TV show Supreme Chef Season 03. It is an exciting collaboration between the Australian Government’s aid program and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training. The intervention’s goal is to promote the hospitality industry, specifically cooking, as a viable career option for Sri Lankans. Following the success of seasons 1 and 2, this season is being delivered on a national scale. Through food experiences and culinary art challenges, the season brings together government agencies and private training institutes to support industry and highlight tourism in the country and specifically to address chronic skills shortage in kitchen.

By signing the MoU, CHML acts as the hospitality partner in providing a location for filming related to the show and assisting with the wider goals of the show, mainly to promote the local destinations and regional food specialties as well as provide internship and employment opportunities to the public. CHML will provide six-month internship opportunities for on-the-job training for the top 20 contestants of Supreme Chef Season 3, with the possibility of long-term employment at the end of the internship, and also one year of guaranteed employment for the top three female contestants of Supreme Chef Season 3. The future of the hospitality industry and, indeed, the economy depends on the quality of its human capital, and this partnership aims to elevate the skills and knowledge of the youth. Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, as a hospitality trendsetter, intends to remain at the forefront of improving and upskilling the industry where possible, and this partnership with S4IG is one such shining example.

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