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CIC Agri steps up Organic Fertilizer production

CIC Agri Businesses, the islands leading Private Sector Fertilizer Company has taken several key initiatives in line with the governments Organic Fertilizer Policy to develop and expand its Organic Fertilizer Production and tie –up with reputed Companies worldwide ahead of the forthcoming Maha Season.

The Company recently acquired a startup company, Bio Technologies Ltd (BTL) specialized in manufacturing value added organic fertilizers. Bio Technologies has invented a specialty granulated organic fertilizer product with the brand name Bio Carbon which has several distinct advantages over the conventional compost.

This compacted product is easy to handle and capable of providing a higher nutrient content with a relatively lesser volume.

The product has a long stay in the soil compared to conventional compost. Bio Carbon is now gaining popularity among farmers and CIC Agri Business intends to increase its current production capacity to over 1,000 tons per month within the next

Bio Carbon-granulated Organic Fertilizer –CIC’s latest Product now sought after by Farmers.

New Organic Products

Supporting the Government’s new policy initiative of promoting organic fertilizer use in the country, CIC has taken steps to develop a range of other new value-added organic products.

Some of these new products are now being tested at the research stations in the Company Farms and will be released to the market shortly.Organo-Coconut, a product specific to Coconut, ACM–

Coconut, a high potassium formulation for Coconut, ACM–Banana, CIC Rasacol a specialty for vegetables are some of the specialty products expected to be released to the market shortly.

Promoting Bio-Fertilizers and Bio Pesticides

Bio fertilizers are specialty products that are used to provide plant nutrients with the help of micro-organisms. These products are successfully used in many countries to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers.

CIC Agribusinesses recently signed a MOU with Sri Biotech, a subsidiary of Hatton Plantations, to produce and distribute two bio fertilizer products for the tea and vegetable sectors.

These new products will be added to the current organic product portfolio of the company and will be introduced to the market shortly.

In addition, negotiations are continuing with Green farm Bio and Green Vision-India to commence efficacy trials of several Bio-Pesticides under the supervision of the Registrar of Pesticides before introducing them to the market.

Organically extracted fertilizers

A significant short supply situation of nitrogen, which is the major plant nutrient used in agriculture, is expected in the coming maha season due to the government policy decision to ban the use of Urea. As a remedial measure the Government has issued a gazette notification allowing to import organically extracted nitrogen fertilizers.

CIC has already negotiated with two organic fertilizer producing companies in Italy and Belgium to seek the possibility of importing a couple of specialty organic nitrogen supplying fertilizers for paddy and tea sectors. As soon as the Government develops the necessary protocols for imports, the Company will arrange to bring down samples for field testing of a few of these new products

Promoting ‘CIC Saru’

In addition to supplying primary compost, CIC has been distributing a value-added organic soil conditioner “Saru” for vegetable farmers in the country over the years. ‘Saru’, is very popular among potato farmers in N’Eliya and vegetable farmers in Kalpitiya.

At present the bulk of organic fertilizer sold by CIC is produced in the company’s own farms while a smaller quantity is purchased from farmers on a buy back agreement. Initiatives have already been done to enhance the in –house Saru Production and also expand the outgrower purchases.

A boost for tea plantations

It is a well-known fact that the organic matter content in most tea soils is low resulting in reduced fertilizer use efficiency. Over the years CIC has been advocating growers to improve organic content in tea soils by conducting many field trials.

As an innovative approach to add organic matter, the company provides free saplings of shade trees to tea small holder farmers to promote the cultivation of shade trees in their plantations.

It is estimated that approximately 2-3 tons of organic matter is automatically added annually to soil by these shade trees.

This program which was conducted as a CSR activity of the company was slowed down due to the Covid-19 threat and will be re-vamped once the situation comes back to normal.

CSR Program to improve organic content is tea soils

CIC Agribusinesses is the major plant nutrient provider to the country’s agriculture sector. It supplies a wide range of high quality conventional and new generation of chemical fertilizers and organic fertilizers to famers.

The company has been constantly advocating farmers to use both chemical and organic fertilizers in their cultivations to realize higher crop productivity in farming. Over the years the company has conducted thousands of field experiments covering key agricultural crops to demonstrate the complementary effects of chemical and organic fertilizers.

As the government focusses its attention on going green with the island’s agriculture, CIC has mobilized all its available resources in its agriculture and livestock farms to produce a maximum quantity of organic fertilizer and also expanded its out-grower compost producing network in a bid to enhance volumes.

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