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CIC Agri Businesses turns 25

The top performing dealers with CIC Agribusinesses’ officials
The top performing dealers with CIC Agribusinesses’ officials

CIC Agri Businesses (Private) limited celebrated 25 years in agri business on the theme ‘Sarusara Upahara’ with their key stakeholders.

Officials of government ministries, departments and research institutes as well as statutory bodies were present.

Islandwide dealers attended the ceremony, where tribute was paid to all stakeholders for being a crucial part of the success story of CIC Agri Businesses.

Over 50 best performing dealers hailing from different parts of the country representing different crop categories were felicitated as a mark of gratitude for their long standing commitment towards CIC Agri Businesses and its subsidiaries.

Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of CIC Holdings PLC, Samantha Ranatunga said, “Agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Sri Lanka, and we have invested our money and our lives on it.

CIC Agri Businesses was established 25 years ago to further enhance the services rendered by the CIC group to the farming community.

Without the support of government institutions and statutory bodies, it would not have been possible for us to make it this far and realise our prime objectives.

“We have received tremendous support from the universities to elevate our research drives and develop new technologies and high yielding crops for our farmers.

“In our 25-year journey, we have faced many challenges and setbacks, but thanks to the inimitable support extended by the patrons - our valuable dealers island-wide, we have successfully overcome every obstacle, placing us in the forefront of the industry,” he said.

Executive Director/CEO of CIC SEEDS, Waruna Madawanarachchi said, “CIC Agri Businesses started off as a fertiliser sales company 25 years ago and today, it has become one of the foremost companies in the private agriculture sector.

“We have contributed productively towards the agriculture sector development. Two decades ago, when the country was facing a crisis in supplying seed paddy to farmers, CIC came forth to resolve the problem on the request of the government and successfully streamlined the distribution of seeds across the country,” he said.

Rohan Weerasinghe representing ‘Krushi Sewa Piyasa’ of Siyambalanduwa, Moneragala said, “Siyambalanduwa Krushi Sewa Piyasa is well known as the biggest seller of corn and seeds in the area for many years.

Ms. Vathsala Gunawardena representing CNW Fertilizers, Gampaha, said, “I’m mainly involved in the sales of seed paddy. I have been working with CIC for the last 12 years and they have given me tremendous support to grow my business.