Palmyra Production Centre
Sri Lanka is famous for Tea, Cinnamon and Coconut. In the Northern province, the Palmyra tree is being used for many production processes. There are different kinds of products such as Palmyra jaggery, buckets, hats, boxes, winnowing fan, punnet, etc. At a time when we are moving to a plastic free environment, these palmyra products provide a good alternative. Watch out for this palmyra production centre close to the Elephant pass war memorial of Hasalaka Gamini.
Palmyra based products
The first sign to know that the traveller entered to Northern Province of Sri Lanka is the Palmyra Tree. The Palmyra Tree provides a verité of employment opportunities to the rural population in Northern Province. Palmyra based industries are common in this area and the travellers can taste a cup of natural sesame toddy made by sweet toddy makers.
The women of Mullaitivu are very skilled at making palmyra roots and special dishes. An out-of-town traveller loves to taste boiled palmyra tubers with coconut, which is an accepted dish of Ayurveda for kidney disease. Also, wine made from the juice of palmyra fruits, as well as natural palmyra fruit drink, reduces the body heat.
There is also the possibility of purchasing beautiful handicrafts made from palmyra leaves. It is common for a traveller to visit the sea wearing a hat made out of Palmira leaf. The villagers teach the ways to minimise the use of plastic and polythene, they make kitchen utensils, luggage, containers and attractive ornaments using palmyra leaves.
As mentioned in Mahawansha, the greatest history book of Sri Lanka, when Prince Vijaya, a native of India, met a Sri Lankan woman named Kuveni, she was hand making the threads to create clothing. This handloom industry is still remaining in Mulliyawalai village that people make their own garments without harming the environment. Travellers will be able to see how handloom textile is being created and they will be able to purchase beautiful curtains, linens, cushion covers, sarees and sarongs.
Most of the agricultural productions are seasonal in this area and highly depend on climatic situations. It can be introduced new crop strategies with genetic technology to resilient different climatic conditions, mixed cropping with major crops such as cashew cultivations etc. Moreover, with tourism development existing small scale value-added industries (cashew and palmyra) ability to enhance under “On-farm direct sales” (u-pick operations or roadside stands). The Kumalamunei area consists of a large number of farms which have the ability to develop farm tourism with;