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Maize Production of CIC Agri Business
Currently a large amount of Maize (approximately 150,000 metric tons) is being imported to the country annually to supplement the local Maize production, which is only 30,000 – 40,000 metric tons per year. Maize is one of the main ingredients used in the animal feed industry, which formulates around 500,000 metric tons of animal feed regularly. Sri Lanka spends around US Dollars 30 million annually to import Maize. Hence, the country’s import of Maize is bound to be a huge drain on Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange. Already the Government has taken steps to set-up a Task Force on Maize in order to increase the production of Maize in the next few years.
CIC Agri businesses entered into the large scale Maize production since 2007. The project has focused to produce 15,000 Mt of Maize annually within the five years. CIC now provide a total production package for maize cultivation in Sri Lanka including the supply of seeds, fertilizer and Agro Chemicals while providing technical support in cultivation through its out grower network.
CIC Agri Businesses intends to use around 7,000 farmers in annual maize cultivation. The Company has already identified the farmers and signed agreements for this project. Since, Anuradhapura better Maize production area, CIC Talawa Farm is selected for the operation site. Cultivation program is planned to follow through an out grower farmer net work by Forward Agreements with the farmers
Our focus area of the project had been Mahaweli system H. The area of cultivation has now expanded up to 5,000 acres in Anuradhapura, Moneragala & Badulla area. With the experience we have gathered over the last 3 years company now plans to further extend the area up to 10,000 acres in the coming year. Company now posses a fully fledged maize drying and processing plant at Talawa to support the maize cultivation project.
In Maize cultivation programme, our technically sound field staff supplies the services to the farmers. They are dealing in input supply, assistance in obtaining financial facilities, crop damages recovery programmes, frequent field visit to provide the knowledge on cultivation, harvesting, threshing & coordinate the harvest purchase also. Our extension provides the better service in Maize cultivation for getting the optimum yield to uplift their income levels.
Since, CIC has set up Maize dryer with new technology, the quality maize is produced in our plant at Talawa, Anuradhapura. The high quality Production is supplied to government Thriposa programme & part of the production goes to CIC Agri Businesses own animal husbandry farms & CIC Group subsidiary Animal feed production & rest supply to the local feed producers.
What are the facilities provide to CIC Maize farmers?
Large scale Maize field at Gammirigaswea,Anuradhapura
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