Supplier assures customers on coir following prolonged monsoon

Horticultural coir supplier Botanicoir has assured customers that supplies will continue following a prolonged monsoon in Sri Lanka where the growing medium is sourced.

Image: Vaibhav Joshi
Image: Vaibhav Joshi

The weather system, which began in August last year, has hampered natural drying of the coconut by-product, affecting the entire coir industry in Sri Lanka and India. Meanwhile the global demand for coir is increasing as growers of a range of crops switch to substrate systems.

"This has led to material being sought after by many manufacturers, and the raw material price increasing in line with demand," said Botanicoir managing director Kalum Balasuriya.

He added: "There is currently no shortage of Botanicoir-supplied coir to the UK market.

"We're working closely with Agrovista UK to keep all of our growers informed about issues that could affect the availability of our products. We are always completely upfront with them about issues such as these, and are doing everything we can to ensure that there's a continued supply of our quality coir substrate to UK growers going forward."

This will be helped in future by Botanicoir's investment in a high-tech drying facility, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of the year, Balasuriya added.

The company, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this month, currently supply 450 containers of coir annually to 46 countries.


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