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HAYLEYS AGRICULTURE REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN NUWARA ELIYA PROVIDES NEW IMPETUS FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE REGION The Regional Conference of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd was held recently in Nuwara Eliya attended by a diverse group of stakeholders consisting of agri entrepreneurs, dealers, farmers and employees. The Conference was also attended by Hon V Radhakrishnan State Minister of Education who is also a long standing customer of Hayleys Agriculture and made a special address thanking Hayleys for helping improve agriculture in the Nuwara Eliya District.
Managing Director Rizvi Zaheed referred to the role of Hayleys Agriculture in introducing a long term orientation to agriculture through the development of new products and agri technologies. He added that Hayleys always seeks to delight its customers by ensuring higher agri productivity and profitability.
Presentations were made by Hayleys Agriculture officers on the diverse product portfolio which is bringing significant value to the farming community in Nuwara Eliya and its environs.
Mr Siriweera Gamage, Director of the company spoke at length on the role played by the Crop Protection division. He said products such as Success, Previcur, Hayzole, Hayleys Mancozeb, Surpass and Belt from world renowned such as companies Bayer Crop sciences, Dow Agro Sciences, Monsanto and Nufarm from world renowned companies such as Bayer Crop Science, have helped address problems faced by farmers in a holistic way. The products are target specific and therefore are environmentally friendly. Also being of low toxicity coupled with the safe use training provided by the company, the Crop Protection division’s products and services are much sought after by growers and dealers alike.
Explaining the role of Hayleys Agriculture in being significant in the Seed Potato industry, Mr Premasiri Jayalath explained the varieties of Seed Potatoes such Granola and newer varieties such as Connect, Massai, Laperla, Sassy, Armony, and 7 four 7 have helped the company to strengthen its market share to over 55% of the total imported seed potato market. The company has also expanded its seed potato business in Jaffna with the introduction of the Red la Soda variety from Den Hartigh of Holland.
Mr Aruna Malepathirana explained the important role of Hayleys Agriculture in mechanization of agriculture. He said Hayleys have consistently introduced Agri Equipment such as manual and power Sprayers, Combined Harvesters, Threshers, Heapers, Seeders and Transplanters. Mr A. L. B. Purijlla, Country Manager of Bayer Crop Science made a presentation on the strengths of the Bayer fungicide Antracol compared with generic products now available in the market. Antracol has been the pre-eminent fungicide used in the potato and up-country vegetable market for over 30 years. Fertilizers from Hayleys Agriculture have also made a strong contribution with the range of TDM mixtures for the upcountry markets. The company also handles the range of other agri input including animal health products and also engages in export of value-added agri export products.

Mr G. K. P Jayalath Deputy General Manager Crop Production Division conducting a session at the Hayleys Agriculture Nuwara Eliya programme.
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