Locally known as “katupol”, oil palms were first introduced to Sri Lanka in 1968, and were first planted in Nakiyadeniya. It is a little-known fact in Sri Lanka that the crop has successfully been cultivated locally for over 50 years. Find out more about the history of local oil palm cultivation.
The process of making palm oil and related products is a fascinating story of human ingenuity and modern technology. Find out more about the palm oil journey, from planting saplings and first harvest, to oil extraction, refining and packaging.
Palm oil today is used in a wide variety of products, including baked goods, cereals, noodles, chocolates, shampoos, cosmetics, soaps, detergents and biodiesel. But how does palm oil end up catering to such diverse requirements?