Kithul related product promotional & value chain development project

Kithul related product promotional & value chain development project


Objective - To improve the livelihood of smallholder Kithul producers by improving their production capacity
Project implementing areas: Rathnapura, Kegalle, and Kandy
Project period: 3 years
Target beneficiaries: 500 Kithul entrepreneurs
Total project cost: Rs. 163.4 million
Investment per farmer: Rs. 326,800
Project activities and benefits
• Arrange affordable credit facility (Rs.125,000) at 6.5% interest rate and a grant facility, worth of Rs. 91,710 and make the farmers bankable
• Provide safety kits (safety jacket, belt and torch) for Kithul tappers with introduction of insurance to mitigate the risk of climbing
• Establish improved wood stoves (processing units) equipped with cutting knife (02 Nos), stainless steel can, stainless steel gauge, and a boiling pan
• Introduce traditional and modern kasper technology for farmers to increase the sap yield and bring unproductive trees into the tapping process
• Cultivation of kithul plants with the objective of maintaining the sustainability of the kithul industry
• Strengthening of fifteen (15) farmer associations in selected districts for the sustainability of the partnership
• Provide technical training, exposure visits and extension support
• Educate beneficiaries on impact of climate change, resilience with adaptation of mitigation measures, nutrition, solid waste management, and gender
• Train the beneficiaries on basic financial literacy and household budget management
Women empowerment
Promote and train the unemployed women of Kithul producer families to engage in value addition kithul products at household level
Youth empowerment –
Promote young entrepreneurship by providing a low interest loan scheme and a startup fund for
• Established 05 youth entrepreneurships in producing the kithul wood furniture/ornamental goods
• Developed further 05 youth entrepreneurships for collection and transport of kithul sap, treacle and other related products from beneficiaries to the company
Partners
• Lanka Eco Products Gurantee Pvt. Ltd.
• Smallholder Agribusiness Partnerships Program (SAPP)
• Bank of Ceylon
• Smallholder Kithul Producers
• Co-operative Insurance Company Limited
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