Fifth Nestlé Coconut Plan launched | Sunday Observer

Fifth Nestlé Coconut Plan launched

21 November, 2021
Managing Director, Nestlé Lanka, Jason Avanceña presents a coconut plantlet to farmer D. M. Karunarathna. Vice President, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs – Nestlé Lanka, Bandula Egodage, Chairperson, Coconut Cultivation Board, Mrs. Madhavi Herath, General Manager, Coconut Cultivation Board, Mrs. Manel Kularathne look on.
Managing Director, Nestlé Lanka, Jason Avanceña presents a coconut plantlet to farmer D. M. Karunarathna. Vice President, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs – Nestlé Lanka, Bandula Egodage, Chairperson, Coconut Cultivation Board, Mrs. Madhavi Herath, General Manager, Coconut Cultivation Board, Mrs. Manel Kularathne look on.

The fifth phase of the Nestlé Coconut Plan was launched in Aranthalawa, Maha Oya, recently where 1,000 more farmers and outgrowers were presented 5,000 hybrid coconut plantlets and organic fertiliser.

Conducted in partnership with the Coconut Cultivation Board of Sri Lanka, this phase will focus on organic farming, to ensure the growth of high-quality produce, while preserving soil fertility and moisture, and conserving biodiversity.


Managing Director of Nestlé Lanka, Jason Avanceña and Chairperson of Coconut Cultivation Board, Mrs. Madhavi Herath plant coconut plantlets  with farmers.)

“Much-loved by generations of Sri Lankans, coconut has been an integral part of our lives, both culturally and economically. However, in the past few years, the supply of coconut was affected by drought and crop diseases, impacting the livelihoods of many. Therefore, it gives us immense pleasure to be a part of this public-private partnership, which is helping rural families grow more resilient coconut varieties in non-traditional coconut growing areas” said Chairperson of the Coconut Cultivation Board, Mrs. Madhavi Herath.

Launched by Nestlé and the Coconut Cultivation Board in 2016, Nestlé Coconut Plan supports 4,000 farmers today. This coconut development initiative offers its participants free hybrid coconut plantlets, technical assistance and intense training and development programs. It has also established five model farms to help farmers and outgrowers benchmark best practice, the latest of which will focus on organic farming methods. 

“This is a rewarding opportunity for us, to help Sri Lanka gain self-sufficiency in coconut and support farming practices that are good for the planet and good for our communities. As we embark on a journey towards regeneration, we look forward to providing our farmers the required assistance to adopt organic farming practices to ensure their farms will be both sustainable and profitable. Our ambition is to continue to help protect, renew and restore food systems at scale, one step at a time,” said Managing Director of Nestlé Lanka, Jason Avanceña. 

Nestlé has been operating in Sri Lanka for over 115 years. The company supports over 10,000 farmers and contributes billions to the local coconut industry. The company has consistently enhanced the well-being of rural communities. Last year, even during the pandemic, Nestlé Lanka continued to buy coconut, paying out Rs. 4.5 billion to procure over 90 million fresh coconuts. As one of the largest exporters of coconut milk powder in the world, the company contributed Rs. 3.8 billion in export revenue to the Sri Lankan economy in 2020.

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