When people think of greenhouses, we tend to think of the cold hills of Nuwara Eliya, old fashioned English homes and Victorian botanical gardens full of exotic plants. We don’t tend to think high tech, modern or organic, and we certainly don’t think of Anuradhapura, the capital of Sri Lanka.
This is where Saaraketha, Sri Lanka’s only certified organic fresh fruit and vegetable retailer, has dreamt bigger and delivered better than anyone thought possible. They have harnessed the future of agriculture and brought it to reality today, in the form of a greenhouse project that will see the face of Sri Lankan organic agriculture change overnight.
Not only a first for Sri Lanka but a first for the entire region, the new Saaraketha Zero Carbon Smart Greenhouse project has a production capability of half a million square feet of a controlled environment, entirely solar-powered and completely carbon neutral.
Projected to carry over 60 varieties of vegetables, greens and herbs, the Saaraketha Smart Greenhouse Project will be able to deliver stable crops all year round, ensuring a consistent income for the farmers and fixed prices for the customers.
With global weather patterns constantly changing and becoming more and more unpredictable and unreliable, it is more important than ever to invest in Sri Lanka’s self-sufficiency and improving food security. And with increased understanding and awareness of the damage that pesticides do to both the environment and to our health, it is also the time to focus on crops and production that is genuinely good for the people and the planet earth, with no corners cut and with complete transparency.
Read more at the Sri Lanka Daily News.