Watawala Plantations reaffirms drive towards sustainable agriculture | Sunday Observer

Watawala Plantations reaffirms drive towards sustainable agriculture

26 September, 2021
CEO Binesh Pananwala
CEO Binesh Pananwala

Watawala Plantations PLC, is pushing for change within the industry with strong efforts to encourage sustainable agricultural practices. With the steep rise in pressing environmental challenges across the globe, the company doubled down on their plan to contribute towards the best short- and long-term outcomes for Sri Lanka’s large agriculture sector and its constituents.

“Watawala Plantations has always operated on the ethos that the health of our planet, people and businesses are completely intertwined. As a company that is deeply reliant on the environment, it’s up to us to push for impactful change within the industry and drive important disciplines within our operations to secure and sustain natural resources for the benefit of the many generations ahead. This also involves re-examining, reforming and realigning current agro policies with novel scientific evidence to ensure that they support a sustainable framework of action for agribusinesses across the country,” said Watawala Plantations, Chief Executive Officer Binesh Pananwala.

Watawala Plantations is committed to sustainable manufacturing practices on both its major fronts of palm oil and dairy. Therefore, the company’s operations are infused with a holistic composition of legal, economical, environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial practices to drive towards this vision. 

Watawala Dairy Limited, produces over 750 metric tonnes of cattle manure and over 4,000 metre cubes of cow dung slurry, consisting of high nutrient levels. This is largely credited to the addition of microbes which enhance nutrient content when the cow dung is converted to liquid fertiliser. 

Watawala Plantations has also commenced the production of compost. The Nakiyadeniya oil palm production site recently introduced Watawala Sarupasa Compost, comprising various potent ingredients such as cow dung and legumes and waste slurry derived through carbides, which are compounds composed of carbon and less electronegative elements.

It is a multi-purpose organic fertiliser that can be applied to a variety of crops, which adds organic matter to improve the soil structure and supplies macro and micronutrients vital to the healthy growth of plants.

The compost is enriched during the production process with two beneficial and eco-friendly plant growth-promoting Rhizosphere bacteria and two biopesticide fungi capable of controlling plant root diseases, enhancing root growth and immunity of plants, and improving beneficial biological activities of the soil food web.