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Strawberries in Sri Lanka-BiZnomics-Business

By: Savannah Audrey

Source: Jagrofresh website.

The Agricultural Research Institute has described strawberries as a fruit that is difficult to grow, as it needs to be continually monitored for protection from diseases.

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Although the main planting season for strawberries begins in September, the nursery preparation process begins well ahead with the planting of mother stock. Tended with the utmost care, a few weeks after planting these mother plants start shooting runners, which are then cut and potted in preparation for bed planting.

 

 

Greenhouse construction includes the careful laying of gradients for proper drainage, much for proper weed/pest cover and dipper systems for fertigation – a few of the myriad aspects covered meticulously in this phase. Land and bed preparation, as we call the preparation of the lay of the soil and land, is an arduous task requiring much precision and once the beds and irrigation systems are ready, planting begins in earnest. Each potted plant is carefully removed and planted in neatly aligned beds, angled just right to absorb as many nutrients as are required for the months of work ahead.

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From this point on, care is a mix of diligent tending of the plant, weeding and providing the optimum support, in the form of bees for pollination, plant analyses for ensuring the maximum possible nutrients are absorbed, and warding off of pests.

 

strawberry-BiZnomics-Business-4Harvesting of strawberries starts two months after planting, when fruit is at its biggest, tastiest and juiciest. The first fruit from each plant is always the biggest and often the most off-shaped, although extremely tasty! From this point on, harvesting takes place daily, although quantities and sizes vary based on the plant life-cycle and the stage of planting in the staggered planting system.

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The Looming Fashion Industry 0 261

By: Chantal D.

What’s Shaping Sri Lankan Fashion Industry?

Global Interconnection:

The diffusion of global brands across all fashion verticals has transformed our outlook towards the quality of apparel that we like to invest in. Fast fashion international brands are focusing on making trends and runway fashion available to the mass audience at accessible prices. This has also made a huge impact in the Sri Lankan fashion industry since it is important to keep up with the global trends in this highly competitive market.

However, more niche brands are coming up with high-quality products keeping their price point in mind with the idea of introducing and maintaining international standard quality and styles.

 

Affordable Luxury, Value for Money:

Fashion trades are now no more looking for highly expensive products to stand out, they are rather a price and “re-use” conscious to ensure they get maximum bank for their buck.

Most customers prefer versatile pieces which last long and can be paired in multiple ways.

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Pioneering Healthcare Story of Nawaloka 0 380

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By: BiZnomics Special Economic Correspondent
Photography: Chameera Dasun

Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, Chairman, Nawaloka Group giving a rare interview to Biznomics explained his father Deshamanya H K Dharmadasa, established the Nawaloka Group of Companies 75 years ago without having even Rs 100 in his hands. With similar entrepreneurial courage I too started business with a little bit of money like my father. Today our group commands 40+ companies, engaged in diversified activities.

BiZnomics-business Article-Nawaloka-Jayantha Dharmadasa copyTo remind how Nawaloka Hospitals came into being, Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa explained. “When my father got ill, he was taken to McCarthy Hospital in Colombo but he refused to stay there as he did not feel easy. Then we took him to the Colombo General Hospital, but there too he was not comfortable as the patient next to his bed passed away, and requested us to get him discharged and take him home. In this background we took him to Hammersmith Hospital in London for treatment. Being satisfied with the treatment and impressed with the facilities of Hammersmith Hospital in London he thought that such a facility should be available for his fellow citizens in Sri Lanka. This is how he conceived the novel concept of the Nawaloka Hospital service and the hospital was formally established in 1985 with 100 beds with an investment of Rs. 180 Mn.”

BiZnomics-business Article-Nawaloka-Jayantha Dharmadasa-1Since then we progressed and introduced the first private Intensive Care Unit in Sri Lanka, which is the largest private sector facility in the country at present. In 1994 we started a cardiac catheterization laboratory and a coronary artery bypass surgery unit. This unit provides a 24 hour service to both adult and pediatric heart patients in Sri Lanka. The introduction of the first MRI scanner and related facility in 1995 was another milestone in our pioneering work in health care. We are proud to say that the Nawaloka Heart Centre today is on par with any international heart Centre in the USA, UK or Singapore.Cont..

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