Palmyrah: Toddy Exports Bring in $102,000

Palmyrah: Toddy Exports Bring in $102,000

In a boost for Sri Lanka’s agricultural exports, the Palmyrah Development Board earned $102,422 (32.2 million rupees) from Palmyrahtoddy exports in 2023. Marketed as “Sri Lanka Palmyra,” the sweet sap from the north of the country found strong demand in Canada and France, even attracting interest from Dubai.

Beyond toddy, other palmyra products like pulp, flour, and succulents also brought in foreign revenue.
Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera hailed Palmyrah’s potential, stating, “This project can provide significant foreign exchange if properly developed.”

Sri Lanka recently conducted its first successful export of palmyra products to France and Britain, thanks to efforts by the Palmyrah Development Board and Research Institute. The key promotion took place in London through partnerships with local distributors.

The neglected palmyrah industry is seeing a revival, with exports playing a crucial role in earning revenue and building a global brand for Sri Lankan palmyrah products.

The taste of palmyra toddy is unique and cannot be compared to any other drink. It has a sweet and slightly sour taste that is both refreshing and invigorating. The drink is known for its cooling properties and is often consumed during the hot summer months.

Medicinal Value:
The sap is collected in containers and then allowed to ferment naturally, which results in the production of alcohol.
Palmyra is one of those trees which every part has its own unique potential health benefits. The presence of photochemicals such as flavonoids and phenol acids which are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-diuretic, and anti-microbial activity makes it suitable for day-to-day activities as food and medicine., according to a number of scientific studies.

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