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CIC Farms - Pelwehera Farm

CIC acquired the management of Pelwehera Farm in the year 2000 under the government privatization Programme. The farm which is located 02 km away from Dambulla, has a total extent of 634 acres. As he farm was in an extremely dilapidated condition at the time of taking over, the company invested more than Rs.100 million for infrastructure development. Today the farm is considered to be the best managed farm in the country. The concept of CIC Agribusinesses is to provide all input needs of the farmer under one roof along with an advisory service.. The CIC Agribusiness Centre at Pelwehera was established to serve this purpose. Seed & planting material, Fertilizer, Agro Chemicals and other home garden equipment are sold at the centre. A qualified person is stationed at this centre to provide advisory Services to walk-in customers

 

Mango Germ Plasm Collection

9Ac. Block with different mango varietals collection which established in 1930’s. This is the one of oldest germ-plasm collection in the country with thevarieties of Ambalavi, Amini. Ameeri, Bombay Mango, Bangalore, Bandaranayake seedless, Dillpassand, Gira Amba, Green Eating cultivars, Karthakolomban, Kent, Koothath, Kohuamba, Meeamba, Malgoa cultivar, Neelam, Sabre, Vellekolomban, Villard, Walu Amba, Wild types & Sour Mango.

 

Circuit Bungalow

Location in the Mango germ plasm collection for visitors & officers for their official accommodation.

 

Agri Technology Park (ATP)

The first private sector managed Agri Technology Park in the country was commissioned in the farm on year 2002 for the benefit of those who are interested in Agriculture. It is consist with several units.

 

Big Onion seed Production project

The Major constraint to improve the productivity of big onion cultivation in the country is the non-availability of quality seeds. CIC in collaboration with the Regional Economic Advance

Project (REAP) Matale district and the Department of Agriculture has undertaken a eleven green houses program on local big onion Foundation seed production in Maha season & Registered Seed Paddy production in Yala season with out growers. Commercial Mother Bulb Stores complex, Big Onion Curing Complex, Processing facility & cold stores for artificial vernelization are also established.



Tissue Culture Laboratory

The farm can boast of having a state of the art tissue culture laboratory for the production of tissue culture planting material of fruits and ornamental plants are produced in this laboratory.

 

Soil, Plant & water Analytical Laboratory

A state of the art, soil, plant & water analytical laboratory was opened in the farm in 2003 with the technical support of the Phosphate & Potash Institute of Canada. Soil testing facilities, water & plant analytical services are now being offered to customers. The company has a program to recommend site-specific fertilizer mixtures, after carrying out the above tests.

 

Seed Testing Laboratory

The first Private Seed testing Laboratory in the country is located at the farm premises. All seed and planting material produced in the farm as well as through out growers are subjected to stringent quality tests at this laboratory.

 

Rice Quality testing Laboratory

This laboratory to support the Paddy Breeding Program & Quality Rice Program to test the quality of new rice varieties developed.

 

Pack House

All farm produces are released the market through this Central Pack house. All Agri produces are sorted, graded, packed to release for CIC & other super markets.

 

Stores Complex

The farm has storage complex for storing Agri inputs such as fertilizer, seed and agro chemicals.

 

Vegetable Seed Section

All local seed varieties are dried & packed using latest technology & there are two cold stores for store Local & imported vegetable seeds.

 

Mango High Density Plantation

This is a trial plot with Mango Willard to test the performances of planting mango trees with lower distances.

 

Poultry Section

A poultry section consisting of 25,000 layer birds is maintained in the farm. This unit produces approximately 5 million eggs per year, which are sold to star class hotels & Super markets.

 

Research & Development Unit

All agriculture inputs & management practices recommended by the company are tested at the Research & Development unit before they are passed on to customers. In addition many collaborative research program with Universities and international seed companies are undertaken to further improve the productivity of the farm.

 

Papaya Plantation

Farm consists with 25 Ac. of Papaya cultivation with the varieties of Red Lady & Sun Rise under micro irrigation. The average production per week approximately 10 Mts. /Week.

 

Banana Plantation

There are about 150 Ac. Of lands in the farm under micro irrigated banana crop. Cavendish, Kolikuttu, Ambul, Amban, Seeni & pulathisi are the main varieties cultivated in the farm.

 

Pineapple Cultivation

Farm maintains 30-50 Ac. of pineapple cultivation under micro irrigation to Export & supply to the super Markets. CIC established 1st large scale commercial pineapple cultivation in Dry Zone.

 

Plant Nursery

A plant nursery is maintained at the farm to raise planting material of fruit, vegetable, forest, coconut, medicinal & ornamental plants under CIC Planting Material brand name.

 

Agro Tourism Project

Plans are being finalized to build chalets with modern facilities to promote Agro Tourism using the farm as nucleus. This project will be served to the agriculture lovers to get the experience of Agriculture blended with new technology.

 

Seed Paddy Production

The farm has approximately 125 Acres of paddy land. This land is utilized for seed paddy production using irrigation water obtained from the Kandalama reservoir. There are two varieties of seed paddy BG 360 & AT 306 are cultivated in both Maha & Yala season.

 

Farm Lake

The inland reservoir of the farm which was rehabilitated by CIC to increase the capacity from 60 Acre Feet to 120 Acre Feet is used for supplementary irrigation of the paddy crop whenever irrigation water is restricted. This lake is covered about 35 Ac. & this will be used to land Sea Planes with the commencement of Agro Tourism Project.

 

Huruluwewa Feeding cannel

Cannel starts from Kandalama Lake & flow dividing farm in to two sections as Highlands & lowlands. This is act as the feeding cannel for Paddy section & CIC Farm Lake too.

 

Paddy Breeding Section

Area allocated to Breeding, Selection & improving the paddy varieties in the field condition. High quality CIC paddy varieties will be released by this section. This is the first ever private sector breeding program initiated in the country supervised by eminent rice breeder.

 

Accelerated Breeding Program

Paddy varieties are grown in green houses to overcome environmental barrier & inside this there will be three season cultivation & releasing of CIC paddy varieties will be accelerated.

 

Paddy Breeding Green House

Green house established to strengthen the Paddy breeding program.

 

Fresh Water Prawns (Scampi) & Fish

Fresh water prawns or Scampi is a lucrative business practiced in many countries in the region. CIC started demonstration ponds for scampi under technical collaboration with the CP Group of Thailand, the global giants for production of fresh water prawns. Fresh water fish farming also doing here and 08 ac. of demonstration ponds are allocated as the Aquaculture Demonstration units for those who are interested in growing fresh water prawns & fresh water fish.

 

Cashew Plantation

80 acres of land area is allocated for cashew plantation. The most water restricted area of the farm is allocated for Cashew plantation.

 

Coconut seed Garden

It is well accepted fact that there is a severe dearth of high quality Coconut seedlings for planting purposes. In order to fill this vacuum CIC has established a 35 acre Isolated Coconut seed garden in the farm for the production of high quality coconut seedlings

 

Piggery

Piggery with an annual capacity of 1000 animals for meat purposes is established in year 2005. This unit mainly consists with two sections as Fattening unit to rare animals for meat purposes & Breeding unit to produce pig lings needed to fattening unit. Environmental pollution has minimized with Bio gas unit established in the section.

 

Forest Plantation

Teak plantation of 10 Ac. is maintained in the farm.

 

Artificial Reservoir

This has constructed to as the ground water source to supply water to plantations through micro irrigation systems. The capacity of this reservoir is 2500 cubic meters.

 

Banana Packing House

This is to pack the Banana for export market as per the agreement with one of the world largest fruit exporter DOLE. This pack house has capacity of handling & storing 20 Mts. of Banana per day under controlled temperatures.

 

Agri Technology Park (ATP)

The first private sector managed Agri Technology Park in the country was commissioned in the farm on year 2002 for the benefit of those who are interested in Agriculture. It is consist with several units.

 

Agribusiness Centre

A one stop situated in ATP to sell CIC agriculture inputs with advisory service is located in the farm to cater to the need of customers

 

Juiceez

Juiceez, a fresh fruit juice sales outlet in ATP was opened in 2004. This novel project has become popular among those who visit Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and trincomalee areas. All the produce of CIC farms are made available at this outlet. The company already started 2nd & 3rd Outlet in Kandy, Ambepussa & has taken steps to open several outlets in major cities.

 

Planting Material Display Centre

All planting materials including Fruits, Forest, Herbals & ornamentals are displayed in ATP to buy for travelers.

 

Desert Plant Greenhouse

In this fantastic decorated greenhouse, there will be a display of more than 25 varieties of desert plant, cactus and succulent. The presentation will focus on the self-adaptation of plant which can adjust them selves to survive in the hot and dry environment.

 

Green House Cultivation

There are green houses in ATP for continues cultivation of vegetables.

 

Children’s Park

Agri Technology Park provide facility to children enjoy their leisure time.

 

Herbal Garden

You will be impressed with collection of valuable herbal plants in this area which situated in the ATP.

 

Artificial Forest

Area allocated for an artificial forest which consist of collection of tropical forest trees with few endangered species.

 

Artificial Ponds

Artificially created ponds in the ATP using high gauge reservoir line.

 

Palm Garden

Visitors are welcomed to see the collection of several types of palms in this area of ATP.

 

Commercial Vegetable Garden

This area of ATP is reserved to grow vegetable under micro irrigation. All the vegetables grown in Dry Zone are planted.

 

Fruit Garden

Covering about 5 Ac. area of ATP, the tropical fruit plants will exhibit not less than 1000 plants originated in equatorial countries.

 

Banana Mother Plant Orchard

Collection of Banana varieties such as “Kolikuttu”, “Seeni”, “Ambul”, “Ambun”, “Cavendish”, “Suwandel”, “Pulathisi”, “Alu” etc. to obtain the materials required to the Tissue Culture Laboratory.

 

Mango Mother Plant Orchard

Well maintained Mango plantation in ATP with collection of all varieties to get the required shoots for high quality mango plant production.

 

Citrus Garden

This garden situated in ATP focuses on the collection of all citrus verities.

 

Grapes Corner

You will be touched & impressed with a collection of several varieties of grapes in ATP. The varieties are Israel Blue, Exotic, Muscut Hamberg, MI Muscut, Italia, Flame etc.

 

Auditorium

A modern auditorium with all infrastructure facilities to conduct farmer training programme was established in ATP.

 

Hybrid Vegetable Display Area

All CIC hybrid vegetable seeds are cultivated to display characteristics to buyers & demonstration plots are situated in ATP

 

Agri Machinery Display Unit

All CIC Agri machineries are displayed & situated entrance of the ATP. Combine harvester, Tractors, Reepers, Sprayers, “Kamatha” threshers & other CIC Agri machineries are displayed.

 

AQUACULTURE PROJECT - Fresh Water Prawns (Scampi) & Fish

Fresh water prawns or Scampi is a lucrative business practiced in many countries in the region. CIC started demonstration ponds for scampi under technical collaboration with the CP Group of Thailand, the global giants for production of fresh water prawns. Fresh water fish farming also doing here and 08 ac. of demonstration ponds are allocated as the Aquaculture Demonstration units for those who are interested in growing fresh water prawns & fresh water fish.

 

LABORATORY SERVICES


Tissue Culture Laboratory

The farm can boast of having a state of the art tissue culture laboratory for the production of tissue culture planting material of fruits and ornamental plants are produced in this laboratory. This has capacity to produce two million plants per year.
 


Soil, Plant & water Analytical Laboratory

A state of the art, soil, plant & water analytical laboratory was opened in the farm in 2003 with the technical support of the Phosphate & Potash Institute of Canada. Soil testing facilities, water & plant analytical services are now being offered to customers. The company has a program to recommend site-specific fertilizer mixtures, after carrying out the above tests.
 


Seed Testing Laboratory

The first Private Seed testing Laboratory in the country is located at the farm premises. All seed and planting material produced in the farm as well as through out growers are subjected to stringent quality tests at this laboratory.
 


Rice Quality testing Laboratory

This laboratory to support the Paddy Breeding Program & Quality Rice Program to test the quality of new rice varieties developed.
 


VEGETABLE - Research & Development Unit

All agriculture inputs & management practices recommended for vegetables by the company are tested at the Research & Development unit before they are passed on to customers. In addition many collaborative research program with Universities and international seed companies are undertaken to further improve the productivity of the farm.

 

Power Generation

CIC has established the power project to generate power using Gliricidia sticks. This 50Kw capacity power generation unit initially provide power for Tissue culture Laboratory & Seed cold stores.



 
  
 
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