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Our eco-projects in Sri Lanka and India

 

Sri Lanka – EOPPSL Coconut Plantations

After many years of intensive preliminary planning, MAL together with experts from various sectors, placed the foundation in 1996, for the first environment friendly and social project in order to guarantee ecological naturally grown raw material, as a contribution towards sustainable development.

In Sri Lanka, more than 70% of the harvested latex and coconut fibre are produced by small farmers. Therefore the country is ideal for the project offering a possibility to “helping people help themselves”. Intensive discussions were necessary to convince the small farmers of the additional income derived by successfully converting the plantations from mono-culture to mix-culture cultivation. By marketing of fruits, vegetable and spices grown between the rubber and coconut trees, the farmers could earn an additional income. At the same time, MAL in co-operation with experts, developed methods to limit the alkalinity of the soil by applying natural fertilizers to rubber and coconut plantations.

Converting an existing plantation into an ecological plantation will take about two years and to establish a new ecological rubber plantation will take approx. 6-7 years and to harvest its returns. The conversion of the plantations is the first step towards a sustainable product. The complete production chain of MAL, from cultivations of the raw material to processing and to the end product is certified as “organic”. For more information see award.

 

India – K.O.R.F.A - Certified Organic Latex Plantation Project - founded in 2009

The K.O.R.F.A project is located in the district of Kerala. The main crop in this region is rubber along with different spices. The soil is by nature ideal for the cultivation of organic rubber. The district of Kotyam alone accounts for 25% of entire rubber plantation in India. Most of the farmers of the KORFA project are situated in the central and northern parts of Kerala. At present 50 farmers are involved in this project, and 97 hectares in total are certified rubber plantations.

 

Sri Lanka - Social Project 2012

In January 2012, we made product donations to small enterprises in the district of Kurunegala, e. g. first aid boxes, water filters, helms & protective clothing. These are small family-owned enterprises engaged in the production of coir and coir based products. We have also successfully organized workshops with external experts in safety at work place, quality assurance and sustainability.