Since 1844, we at Cargills have been committed to serving our nation for over 175 years.
As a result, Cargills has emerged as a leading player in multiple sectors of Sri Lanka’s
Food and Beverage industry. Over the years, we continue to grow a business which is intrinsically
rooted in a culture of trust and respect.
This commitment towards a better Sri Lanka stems from our core values as a responsible food company which accentuates our sentiment towards sustainability while attaining our vision which is to be a global corporate role model in community-friendly national development.
Throughout this journey, our unwavering responsibility towards sustainability has strengthened the trust and respect demonstrated in the values entrenched in our brands.
The scope of the Cargills Sarubima project is also applicable to our work with ensuring our products are up to standards on food safety regulations via the “Sarubima Agriculture Modernization Project'', which was established on the basis of increasing the farmers’ yield and reducing the costs pertaining to agriculture. Under this banner, farmers have been enabled to reduce chemical usage on their crops by the use of soil test based fertilizer, mitigate the impact of volatile weather conditions by taking advantage of micro irrigation, enhance farm mechanizations to minimize the usage of manual labor, minimize the in-field harvest losses and facilitated the farming of produce under the GAP Certification.
Started 80 model farms with 15 selected crops utilizing new technology.
Invested in farmers to enable them to use raised beds and polythene mulch for better soil management.
Convinced farmers to use drip and sprinkler irrigation systems.
Initialised the use of insect nets and yellow pheromone traps for better plant protection.
Introduced Cargills Good Harvest, the maiden GAP certified produce brand in Sri Lanka.
The growing concern with regards to the usage of fertilizer and agro-chemicals in agriculture gave rise to the ‘Save our Soil” project, a partnership between Cargills and the Department of Agriculture to educate and train the farming community on the efficient and the prudent use of agriculture inputs. As of 2019, 160 farmers have received training with 6 farmers and 2 extension officers provided a fully funded exposure visit to high-tech farms and technical parks in India to obtain first-hand experience and numerous farming lands have been tested to determine the optimal input requirements.
In order to tackle consumer concerns on the safety of the produce they purchase, Cargills introduced
GAP certified vegetables to the market in 2018 with the support of the Department of Agriculture.
GAP is a manual for the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture. This certification
provides farmers with a collection of principles to apply for on-farm production and post-production
processes, resulting in the supply of safe and healthy food to the consumer. As of 2019, GAP-certified
produce is available in 100 CFC outlets.
Furthermore, obtaining the SL-GAP certification is another platform in which the farmers’ demand and income are elevated by making them competitively viable. Most of the farmers participating in the Cargills Sarubima Agriculture Modernization Project go on to obtain Sri Lankan-GAP certification.