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CIC Seed Farm, the biggest seed paddy production farm in Sri Lanka located at Hingurakgoda in Polonnaruwa District. Hingurakgoda is the famous paddy cultivation area in the country.
The total extent of the paddy area is 750 acres. The approximate annual seed paddy production of the farm is around 130,000 bushels and contribution of national seed paddy production is 20 %. Ten popular paddy varieties recommended by the Department of Agriculture with various age groups are grown in the farm. These verities are categorized as the long, short and small grains and as the rice colour red & white. The average paddy yield, which was around 60 bushels per acre at the time at taking over in 1998, has gone up to 140 under the CIC Management. A network of the out growers in the area is utilized to produce high quality seed paddy by providing technical know how using the farm as a nucleus. Seed produced in the farm along with the out grower production is distributed throughout the country.
Special research trials are being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture for testing rice varieties.
The farm has 40,000 bushels of seed paddy storage capacity.
Since 100% of the paddy harvested from the farm for seed, it is crucial factor for drying timely and technically for keeping the viability of seed firmly. Therefore the special seed dryer is using for drying paddy under the standard condition. Also sun light is used for drying in the good weather condition since this is the cheapest method. The required infrastructures like drying floor are available at farm.
Seed paddy produced in the farm is cleaned using state of the art seed processing machines imported from Germany to meet international quality standards. Seed processing capacity is 200 bushels per hour.
Hingurakgoda farm has the best buffalo herd in the country with high yielding breeds that include Murrah and Nili Ravi for the purpose of milk production as well as breeding. We produce Sri Lanka’s best quality curd which is made under very hygienic conditions and sold in all reputed supermarkets. The farm is equipped with a laboratory and a milk processing centre and the milking is fully mechanized. 30 acres of high yielding quality grass and fodder is grown under sprinkler irrigation to feed the buffalo herd.
50 acres of banana plantation has cultivated under modern technology and latest agricultural methods for export purpose. Specially, sprinkler irrigation system has introduced for irrigation and fertigation.
Commercial vegetable cultivation
Dry zone vegetables are grown under modern technology. Latest introduced hybrid vegetable verities and modern irrigation system like sprinkler and drip are used with efficient. We have earned fresh green & clean vegetable to our own supper market chain and other eminent super markets.
Fruit plants such as mango, guava, orange, lime are produced in the plant nursery to supply quality planting materials to farmers. The products are sold through the company sales, outlets and dealers.
The Hingurakgoda mango plantation is most important germ plasma collections of Sri Lanka. First plant of the few verities which planted in Sri Lanka is in the Hingurakgoda farm. (Especially Willard, Karthacolomban, Vellei Kolomban, Ambalavi and Neelum). The Hingurakgoda Willard is one of the popular hereditary varieties and discovered by Hingurakgoda farm.
The farm has 60 acres of coconut plantation and majority is fairly young. It is expected to come into full bearing within 3 years.
The farm has 20 acres teak as a forest plantation. Teak extent will expand up to 50 acres with in next 5 year.
The farm has 5 acres Gliricedia plantation and planed to extend up to 15 acres. Gliricedia is used to compost production, green manure and as a animal feed.
It has shown our ancient successful village home garden with agri base culture. There are few kinds of crops that vegetables, fruits, yams, medicinal plants and spices are in this dry zone home garden.
A programme is carried out to produce high quality compost using bio mass available in the farm and buffalo dung. A part of the compost produced is sold in the market, while the majority is used in the farm to improve soil productivity & fertility.
Paddy husk Charcoal production
The farm has paddy husk charcoal production unit and using as a soil improvement input for the paddy fields and vegetable crops. Especially paddy husk charcoal is used to control soil salinity and to improve fertilizer use efficiency.
A fully quipped machinery division is in operation at the farm. This machinery unit, while providing the service to the farm, maintaining modern agricultural machineries like combines harvesters and combine threshers. Besides function as a testing location for newly introduce agri machineries and designing new inventions like chopper harvester, compost grader, straw cutter etc.
CIC Combine Harvester
This machine has the capacity to harvest, thresh and clean ten acres of paddy per day. The approximate weight of the machine is about 7 tons and it has an excellent maneuverability so that the machine can be operated even in smaller paddy tracts. The average fuel consumption of the machine is about 10 liters per acre, it has the ability to undertake harvesting at night and to harvest lodged paddy, which is an added capability. CIC combine harvester is given good results under extreme field condition. CIC is marketing those machineries after researching their feasibility to local soil.
CIC Combine Thresher
This machine is operated by a four – wheel tractor and has the capacity of threshing 8 acres of paddy per 08-hour shift. The maintenance cost of the machine is extremely low compared to other machines locally available and possesses the ability to thresh paddy with high water content. The fuel economy too is an added advantage. CIC has sold more over 1,000 threshers in high potential paddy growing areas.
CIC Agri Holyday Resort was established in 2002 at CIC Seed Farm Hingurakgoda. It has 07 cabanas in 05 acre under mango plantation. The cabana has air conditioned, full furnished rooms and well maintained garden. Driver rest room, well trained & courteous staff also in there. CIC Agro Holyday Resort has planed to extent their area to 18 acres with new 03 cabanas. The new restaurant with can be seated 75 person, swimming are in Agri Holiday Resort.
Surface area of the tank is 12 acres. The reservoir was rehabilitated few years ago to increase water holding capacity. The tank is used for growing fresh water fish.
Wild life richness
Immigrate and hereditary birds, reptiles, butterflies and few species of mammals can observe in the farm. Especially birds in reservoirs and water logging areas peacock is very special bird and it can observe though out the year in the farm. Monkeys, Rabbits, Rodents and cats can observe as the mammals.
The farm is visited by a large number of school children, farmers and some agriculturists regularly. Training classes are conducted for these visitors at the farm auditorium by the technical staff of the farm.
Special window has been opened to sell CIC Agricultural inputs, Agri technology services like irrigation systems and Agri Machineries with advisory service for their customers.
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