Does anyone have any idea about horticulture industry. There are many companies do horticulture in north western province. Where can I get more information about this?
There is a separate unit in EDB for foliage business. They have some info and they will assist you to find buyers also.
Main thing is first you will have to grow few acres of foliage as they need continuous supply.
In NCP I have seen one person who exports cut foliage many years ago. I think he is still doing the business. There were about 30 girls working in his premises packing the stuff.
It was called " Decor Foliage" Address: "Rathnasiriya”, Meegahamula Watta, Pannala, Ibbagamuwa,,Sri Lanka
Proprietor: Mr. Gamini Rathnasiri - Managing Director Phone 94-37-225 9637
I heard there are many exporters in Gampaha area. They buy out-growers products.
In addition, I can give you some idea about pricing.
Some times ago I grew cane palm (Dypsis_lutescens) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dypsis_lutescens1.jpg) as a cut foliage. Collectors came to our place and paid Rs. 2.50 - 4.00 to us per branch. In Dubai I saw in the flower shops they sell it @ 2 Dirhams. I.e. 60.00 LKR. Naturally anyone will take this as a lucrative if we can export.
But this is how it happens:
Collectors sell it to the local exporter @ 5/- to 6/- . After cleaning and packing they export it by airfreight and main importer get it @ avr 15/- 20/- Rs. They distribute it to the local sellers in that country @ 30/- . the retail man sell it to the customers @ 60 /- . Transportation, salaries, tax , profits and other overheads included at each stage.
Somehow if we can become the grower and the retail seller that is nice.
If you grow these plants to sell locally as pot plants, a good business , you have to buy seedlings and pot them . They will take 8 months - 15 months to grow to a 2.5 ft bush.
If you plant 4-5 seedlings in a 10inch "Mal Pochchiya" the cost will be 75/-100/- . you can sell it 350 -500. after 1 year.
Bigger plants 1.5 year-2 year aged go over 2500/- @ Battaramulla plant shops. ( Former Mal Pradarshanaya at Wiharamahadevi park) Sometimes a single buyer buy 10- 15 plants @ 2500 each.
I know one person who supplied cane palm seedlings 15 years ago. I do not know his current position.
Mr. Nalaka Eknaligoda, Nilanka Nursery, 69/1, kandy road, Kurunegala. 0372233673 .
You can have a general idea if you visit Battaramulla weekend flower show near Waters Adge. Go and meet Mrs. Soma Nethsinghe. She is a good lady. (Some people may mislead you or lot of " Gurumushti")
In addition there are many other popular plant varieties including Aglonemas, orchids and Anthurium. Some people visit Thailand , bring plants and sell here at higher prices.
If you need info about orchid growing let me know. In 1980s I exported my flowers through Lakmalsala .
A flower called gerberra is popular these days. Some people go to Pune in India to bring Gerberra plants. Hayleys also breed and sell them in SL.