Growth through
sustainable crop diversity

The Palm Oil Industry Association’s primary focus is enhancing Sri Lanka’s economic crop diversity through a competitive, resilient and sustainable palm oil sector. Representing key industry stakeholder groups, POIA aims to clarify misconceptions about the industry while advocating for strict regulation and providing guidance to ensure profitability, accountability and transparency within the industry.

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“Sustainable Growth through Responsible Production”


To ensure sustainability through crop diversity, by promoting regulation, transparency and accountability within the industry, and ensuring a high level of environmental responsibility.

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Contrary to popular belief, oil palm cultivation can be one of the most sustainable and economically viable industries when carried out in an ethical, socially, and environmentally responsible manner, with sound, sustainable and integrated agronomic practices. In Sri Lanka, oil palms have been grown as a commercial crop for over 50 years. Its environmental impact has been determined to be similar to that of other crops such as rubber, making it an excellent environmentally responsible choice to complement traditional crops.

Stringent regulatory

In Sri Lanka, the strict regulatory framework that the palm oil industry operates in assures its accountability and sustainability. Land allocation for oil palm plantations is less than 3% of the total for all plantation crops including tea, rubber and coconut. Oil palms can also only be grown in existing plantations where the cultivation of traditional crops is no longer viable due to soil conditions or disease.