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RIOCOCO Sri Lanka selected media supplier for high-tech greenhouse in Japan

Japan-invitees from the Government of Japan, local government and business partners with Lankan delegates
Japan-invitees from the Government of Japan, local government and business partners with Lankan delegates

RIOCOCO Sri Lanka selected as a growing media supplier for high-tech Greenhouse in Japan, became the first country in the world to build the most high-tech Greenhouse. SARA greenhouse was built in Kasaoka city in Japan and it is the largest single site advance glass greenhouse

project with the latest technology available in the world to grow tomatoes, bell peppers and butter head lettuce. This project involves operations of advanced greenhouse horticulture and biomass power plant. The cost per acre to build this greenhouse is 5 times higher than the per acre cost of the normal high-tech greenhouse. SARA developed a new climate control system for semi-closed greenhouse settings, while the next important thing was to select a suitable growing media, which could pair with the climate control system.

Susantha Shan Halamba, Chairman and CEO of the RIOCOCO Lanka (Pvt) Ltd receiving the award

World leading growing media supplies presented their products and finally the management of SARA, Inc. decided to work exclusively with one of the world’s leading Sri Lankan origin RIOCOCO brand coir growing medium. This is a great and unique opportunity for RIOCOCO to prove that they are the market leader in coir growing media brands in the world and to win a recognition for Sri Lanka as a country to be a part of the Japan’s most high-tech greenhouse operation.

The opening ceremony was held in the Kasaoka city greenhouse premises on June 21 and invitees from the Government of Japan, local government and business partners participated at the ceremony.

At the end of the ceremony, Susantha Shan Halamba, Chairman and CEO of the RIOCOCO Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., in Sri Lanka and the Ceyhinz Link International, Inc, in Texas, USA, presented the Sri Lankan flag to display inside the greenhouse and he appreciated the management of SARA for giving this great opportunity to RiOCOCO to be a part of the prestigious project. This was the first time “Made in Sri Lanka” coir growing medium product was selected to be used in a most hi-tech greenhouse complex in the world. RIOCOCO coir growing medium products are sold in 52 countries worldwide and it was the only Sri Lankan based company, who was awarded the world most prestigious international business award, the Stevie Gold Award in USA.

Kagome, the largest multi-greenhouse company in Japan also uses RIOCOCO growing media to grow their Disney brand tomatoes throughout Japan since 2006. This is also a very rare opportunity a Sri Lankan based company achieved in Japan to work with a billion-dollar Japanese conglomerate over 13 years and help them to make their product as No 1 tomato grade in the Japanese market.


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