Ever since the advent of coﬀee in the 1830s, a robust plantation economy took roots in Sri Lanka under colonial inspiration. Closer upon two centuries, some of the old establishments set up along the way still leads the industry.
In the year 2002, a band of visionaries set out to respond to that call marshalled by one of the leading lights in agriculture Rohan Karunaratne whose contribution to the country included the setting up of private-state partnerships in commercial agriculture. AgStar oﬀered a centuries-old industry fresh impetus as the Company moved away from merely offering products and into becoming a ‘one-stop agent of prosperity’, with farmers.
The year 2002 saw the new star in agriculture becoming a publicly quoted enterprise, opening the door to greater vistas and opportunity for more people to share in the success of its propitious journey. Today, in the industrious 2020s AgStar is in the influential company of the two giants of industry as the 3rd player in an industry earmarked to lead Sri Lanka’s post-COVID resurgence. A momentous changing of the baton saw Nimal Lokuge, also a founding director, taking over the mantle of Chairman, bringing to a close a remarkable era while signalling a dynamic new approach as Agstar’s youthful custodians mentored by the old-guard stand poised to take the Company to new heights.
AgStar continues to build a growing market for its trusted range of chemical and organic fertilizers formulated to ensure a record yield in agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, home gardens and greenhouses. AgStar’s mission of driving growth in agriculture extends its portfolio to seeds, grains, crop-care and agri-technology, as well. Agriculture is an increasingly dominant sector of the Sri Lankan economy and Agstar takes the lead in reaching out to small-scale farmers, home gardeners and planters with the know-how, inspiration and the tools of progress for a sustainable future of bountiful rewards.
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