Ten firms took part in an organic agriculture fair known as ‘BioFach 2019’ which was held in Nuremberg, Germany last month, the Export Development Board (EDB) said in a statement published on its website yesterday (14).
Sri Lankan exporters were happy as they were able to obtain a considerable amount of orders from European Union (EU) buyers and some had negotiations with importers for joint ventures, the website said.
Vacuum dehydrated jackfruit, low sugar energy bars using cereals and mixed dried fruits bars were the products in which the visitors were most interested in and those products could be potential products for Sri Lanka to produce using available resources, the EDB said.
Nonetheless, the local products displayed at this fair included cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, mace, ginger, turmeric, cashew, moringa, black tea, green tea, virgin coconut oil, coconut floor, coconut milk/cream, coconut water, coconut chips, desiccated coconut, cinnamon leaf oil, cinnamon bark oil, dried fruits, fruit drinks/juice, chunks, vegetable in brine, dehydrated fruits, vegetables and fruit ‘rolls’/‘tapes,’ the website said.
At this fair, more than 50,000 trade visitors were at the exhibition, the EDB said.
Participation aided these local companies to study market opportunities for their products, obtain exposure on organic agriculture in Germany, nurture linkages with various organic stakeholders, meet potential buyers, learn about the organic regulations in the EU market, organic agriculture certification, tools and methods for effective policy design implementation, the statement added.
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