Sri Lanka - Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization Project (STARR) – December 2021
As well as providing loans and training to the farmers, the STaRR project also introduced the use of CO3 grass in tea plantations. CO3 reduces the time required before the soil can be replanted using the traditional mana variety from 12 months to two and a half years. This allows farmers to start growing and harvesting their tea much sooner, while ensuring soil quality and productivity.
The IFAD-funded Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization Project aims to improve food security, increase incomes, and strengthen the resilience of poor rural people in Sri Lanka, all while ensuring that the smallholders are the key decision-makers of the project. By promoting organization among smallholders to produce and market tea, supporting them in improving rubber production and processing, seeking a better link to markets, and facilitating smallholders’ access to rural financing, this project will benefit approximately 32,000 smallholder households.
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