Organic Sri Lanka – in brief

  • Sri Lanka is a bio-diverse land. Biodiversity in simple terms is the variety of life at all levels of biological organization. Despite its small size, Sri Lanka has a rich eco system diversity because of its topographic and climactic heterogeneity as well as its coastal influence (Biodiversity of Sri Lanka, R Pethiyagoda et al., Natn. Sci. Foundation of Sri Lanka 2008 36 special issue 25-62)
  • Sri Lanka is a pioneer exporter of certified organic products in Asia and has been exporting for over 30 years
  • Sri Lanka has the second highest share of organic agricultural land extent in Asia, at 70,436 hectares in 2019 after Timor Leste (‘World of Organic Agriculture’ statistical yearbook 2021)
  • It produces a range of organic products that are exported including fruits, vegetables, coconut derived products, tea, spices and herbs
  • EU imports of Sri Lanka Agri-foods amounted to 32,089 MTs (2019), and the EU continues to be a key destination for Sri Lankan exports; Sri Lanka holds 21st position (2019) of countries exporting organic foods to the EU
  • Major export destinations of Sri Lankan organic agricultural products in order of importance are USA, Germany, UK, Japan, France, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands

Complimenting infrastructure

  • Sri Lanka organic farming is characterised by the following factors:
    • Bio-diverse ecological zones
    • Endemic product attributes
    • Wide range of products
    • Many organic producers, farmers and exporters across the country
    • Broad farming and agricultural know-how
    • Skilled workers
    • High product quality and certifications
    • Value added products
    • Efficient supply chains
    • Indigenous knowledge and
    • Farming practices that help to facilitate compliance with organic farming standards

Organic certifications

  • Main international organic certification bodies present locally are listed in the table below.




Control Union

This is a global accreditor of organic agricultural certification, including JAS, Organic EU and USDA organic


JAS – Japanese Agricultural Standards of the MAFF (Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)


USDA – NOP (National Organic Program) of the US

Organic EU

Organic EU – European organic standard

Systems certifications

  • In addition, many operators have adopted systemic quality standards including:





British Retail Consortium Global Standard

Global GAP

Good Agricultural Practices


Good Manufacturing Practices


Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points


Internation Standards Organization


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