Nick Speaks From Sri Lanka

I’ve written in journals for past 12 years from interesting and sometimes dangerous third world countries. I’ll be sharing these thoughts on nickspeak.

The first one will come from Sri Lanka  (aka Ceylon) that beautiful island nation floating like a tear-drop in the Indian Ocean just off the southern tip of East India.

The country is predominantly Sinhalese Buddhist. There is a small population of Tamil Hindu’s that immigrated from East India to the North Western coast.

Known for their plantation economy, it is generally accepted, though arguably, that Ceylon teas and cinnamon are the best in the world.

I spent 4 mos there in 2004 working with coir (coconut) fiber, spice and tea plantation owners.They  required  supply chain enhancement and improved marketing skills.  I’ll describe  the plantations, tea tasting houses and the fascinating  systems ufor harvesting cinnamon and coconut fibers.

We created sales & marketing cooperatives enabling farmers to leverage their strengths collectively while minimizing their weaknesses as small individual landowners.

My story will follow in days to come.

Stay tuned!

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