Sri Lanka Watawala Plantations tea estates Rainforest Alliance certified

ECONOMYNEXT – All tea estates of Sri Lanka’s Watawala Plantations are now Rainforest Alliance certified, the company, Sunshine Holdings PLC’s plantation sector subsidiary, said.

“Watawala Plantations has obtained certification from Rainforest Alliance covering all 16 tea estates managed by the company, demonstrating its compliance with rigorous global standards relating to the wellbeing of its associates, their families and the environment,” a statement said.

The Rainforest Alliance (RA) certification, which covers Triple Bottom Line aspects, promotes sustainable agriculture through land use practices and business and consumer behaviour.

The certificate from Rainforest Alliance confirms Watawala Plantations’ compliance with the requirements of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, a global standard.

As part of the certification process annual audits will be carried out, thus ensuring continued compliance to stringent criteria and further improvements in the respective parameters by Watawala Plantations.   

 “The success in achieving conformity with a prestigious global standard for all its estates also reflects Watawala Plantations’ position as a thought leader in the local plantation industry, especially at a time at which there is strong interest from buyers in sustainable sourcing,” Sunshine Holdings Group Managing Director Vish Govindasamy said.

Watawala Plantations has programmes to ensure zero maternal and infant mortality, 100 percent institutional births, 100 percent immunization of all children of associates and 100 percent primary education for all children of associates in the estates managed by the company.

With the intention of satisfying its energy requirement while minimizing the usage of non-renewable sources, the company invested in a briquetting machine.

The machine uses tea waste, paddy husks and saw dust to produce briquettes and its usage results in lower net carbon emissions.

The company has launched a series of programmes aimed at water conservation including rainwater harvesting and improving soil water retention and hopes to measure exact quantities of water used from next year onwards.

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 (Colombo/July 08, 2015)
 

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