HJS Condiments expands network to several districts
Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of the diversified conglomerate Hayleys PLC.
The Company, has worked meticulously to improve the livelihoods of farming communities for over three decades, providing agricultural inputs, technical assistance, and extension services.
The Group’s pioneering efforts have put Sri Lanka on the map as one of the largest suppliers to global brands such as McDonald’s, Unilever and Heinz and cemented Hayleys Agriculture’s position as the largest exporter of processed fruits and vegetables in the island.
“Smallholder farmers produce more than one-third of the world’s food, yet are some of the worst affected by poverty. However, we believe in the collaborative approach followed by the Hayleys Group, working directly with local farmers to establish a sustainable and mutually beneficial system in providing food security.”
“We started the out-grower network with just 1,000 farmers to cultivate gherkin, and with our support and guidance the number of farmers has grown to over 12,500, comprising different crops.
Thus far, the out-grower network has been established in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Matale, Badulla, Jaffna, Chilaw and Ratnapura.
There is still low awareness today about the immense value added to global Agri supply chains by Sri Lankan farmers. Therefore, we want to raise awareness and celebrate our invaluable local farmers and their contributions. Our out-grower system will be a crucial driver in helping to build a robust and resilient farming culture catering to both global and local demands,” Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Managing Director Jayanthi Dharmasena said.
Investing over Rs.120 million this year alone, Hayleys Agriculture provides agriculture inputs set to international standards, and the machinery needed to sustain responsible farming practices. Farmers are also provided sound technical assistance from field extension officers to grow and harvest crops sustainably.
Notably, the company’s recent foray into the local market under the ‘Govi Aruna’ brand resulted in the extension of its out-grower network to Mahiyanganaya, Ampara, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Kurunegala and Anuradhapura. The new initiative will offer the domestic market responsibly sourced local goods such as spices and coconut oil.
The out-grower units are USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and EU Organic and Global GAP certified under the supervision of accredited certification bodies of Sri Lanka.
“We have worked with HJS Condiments for over four years, and we are delighted with the progress we have made each year. One of the major issues we have during cultivation is pest attacks which spread viral diseases among our crops,” W.N.M. Gunathilaka, President of the Okkampitiya Farmers Organization, said.