Hayleys, UNDP promote seaweed farming in northern Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Hayleys Aquagri Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Hayleys group, has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to expand seaweed farming in select islands in the northern Jaffna District.
In addition to business development support, Hayleys Aquagri Pvt. Ltd. will contribute their specialized technical support to the farmers enabling them to grow seaweed in a more efficiently and productively, a statement said.
“Hayleys will also enter into buy back arrangements with each farmer to ensure a good price is given for the produce thereby ensuring a sustainable income for their families.”
UNDP will collaborate with the Department of Fisheries, Department of Co-operatives and Fisheries Co-operative Societies to identify additional beneficiaries supported by this partnership and provide breeding structures and culture materials.
Through this partnership UNDP and Hayleys Aquagri will be collaborating in three islands, Analaitivu, Eluvaitivu and Nainaitivu.
Phase I of this project will provide livelihood opportunities for 40 families of which 8 are female headed households.
“This project will encourage communities to diversify their livelihood opportunities in an environmentally sustainable manner, based on a ‘Community-Based Aquaculture for Livelihood Diversification’ strategy,” the UNDP said.
Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited initiated a pilot project of seaweed (Kappaphycus alvarezii) farming two years ago in the Mannar District to help fishing communities to rebuild their lives and generate a steady family income.
Hayleys is currently working with 250 fishing families and providing an alternative source of income.