On 24 January 2017, the Roess Nature Group again received a high-ranking delegation from Sri Lanka. State Minister of Agriculture Wasantha Aluwihare, together with the Sri Lankan Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama, visited the group of companies.
This time, the focus of the visit was on biogas technology as well as fruit and vegetable processing. After the address of welcome by Thomas Roess,
After the address of welcome by Thomas Roess, Uwe Heider, managing director of biogas plant builder AD AGRO from Vechta, presented a possible biogas project of his company in Sri Lanka. Afterwards, the delegation visited the family enterprise Gemüse Meyer. Both companies have the right concepts to promote the necessary developments in the island state. With its decades of experience with a production plant in Sri Lanka, the Roess Nature Group can provide valuable support in the implementation of projects there.
Fruit and vegetable processing as well as professional storage
Due to the lack of processing and storage capacities, around 40 percent of the fruit and vegetables harvested in Sri Lanka are currently going to waste. State Minister of Agriculture Aluwihare is therefore interested in the appropriate processing, cooling and storage technology. Just as his personal adviser Dr. Jayawardena, he was enthusiastic about the visit to Gemüse Meyer. He emphasized that the many small farms in his home country could significantly improve their income if adequate storage capacities for three to four months were created. Gemüse Meyer is already buying fruit and vegetables from Asia, but not from Sri Lanka so far. However, the high-quality Sri Lankan fruit products such as pineapple, mango, banana, guava and papaya are certainly interesting.
Innovative biogas technology
Furthermore, State Minister of Agriculture Aluwihare is very interested in German biogas technology. Biogas plants could process the large amounts of bio-waste in Sri Lanka and help to meet the ever-increasing energy demand. At present, electricity is predominantly generated from coal-fired power plants and hydroelectric power stations. In the future, 30 percent of the total needs are to come from renewable energy sources. Due to the very constant temperatures, Sri Lanka provides optimal conditions for biogas plants.
Finally, the delegation visited the company Landmaschinen Schröder in Twistringen. The harvesting technology in Sri Lanka must also be modernized so that food can be produced more efficiently.
From left to right: State Minister of Agriculture Wasantha Aluwihare, Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama, Dr. Jayawardena and Thomas Roess during the visit.