4P project to convert traditional industry to an agri-business
Kitul Industry is a traditional industry with many traditional knowledge and is one of the industries which provides ample income for rural farmers in Sri Lanka, with little investment. It is a good livelihood agri-business model if direct and assured market is provided. Once Kithul sap is processed it is well known as “Kithul Pani” in Sri Lanka and used as a favorite sweetener among Sri Lankans and has a high local demand which is equivalent to Maple syrup in Canada. Kithul is now becoming popular in other countries as a wild syrup coming from Sri Lanka. SAPP partnership was able to introduce quality syrup to several countries through able partner (Lanka Eco Products) who is working very hard to make the industry flourishing in local areas. Kithul sap is coming from a palm tree, not from bark as Maple but from the florescence and is healthy (Low GI index) and highly nutritious. From one florescence a farmer can earn at least 30,000 – 60,000 Rs. SL. Farmers can earn additional income from starch extracted from pith of the tree known as “Kithul flour” and is claimed to have high antioxidants.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211601X16000456. It is common in several provinces of Sri Lanka and traditional tappers are losing gradually. However, NADeP-IFAD supported to 100 tappers in the industry by developing a 4P partnership in 2016 and the outcome was excellent. Based on the results, under SAPP – IFAD partnership was scaled-up to 500 tappers and the present group consist of many young tappers, as they realized this as a business opportunity. DYING INDUSTRY IS RECOVERING with IFAD – SAPP interventions. Each farmer was given a processing hut through a subsidized credit facility and a set of tools to make sure that the final processed product is in good quality. Today another set of Kithul tappers received the assistance from SAPP and SAPP will work together with MOA to mainstream this industry having appropriate policy measures to thrive this industry as an agri-business as Kithul syrup can put Sri Lanka back on the world map.