Cinnamon Hotel chain is taking its overarching promise of inspired living to one of their key stakeholder segments at Habarana Village by Cinnamon, spearheading a novel initiative of sustainable and resourceful farming in the drought-ridden region. Habarana Village by Cinnamon, also a popular tourist destination during the dry season, due to the legendary elephant gathering in the bordering lake, is introducing ‘aquaponics’ to the surrounding village community, a farming model that is fast being accepted globally as the ideal cultivation system for water scarcity.
Habarana Village by Cinnamon is located in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, right in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Even though surrounded by lakes and nature reserves, the region, where agriculture is the main income, faces a dry season that extends over eight months of the year.
The newly introduced aquaponics farming model is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, which combines farming fish and growing plants using soil-less processes. The symbiotic relationship thrives because the nutrient-dense fish waste, similar to cow manure, flows through the plant nursery, acting as a natural fertiliser to successfully grow crops. The system also eliminates the use of pesticides and insecticides, since it would kill the fish, thereby harvesting super clean, super pure produce. The resort heavily promotes environmentally-friendly practices and a village way of life, co-existing with neighbouring villages where most of their fresh produce is currently purchased. This project aims to impress the significance of climatically adaptable farming practices upon the community, and most importantly the potential for multiple revenue streams; farming consumable fish along with the produce. A growing market demand for organic vegetables is also beneficial for farmers, with proven fast-growing cycles of aquaponics due to the high levels of nutrients the plants are able to absorb. In terms of water requirement, research shows that aquaponics uses up to 90% less water than traditional methods due to the re-circulating system. “Commercial aquaponics is the food production system of the future. We plan to create awareness of this innovative system among our neighbouring communities, the local Farmers Association as well as other groups and stakeholders, and especially among school children, to help them understand the advantages of aquaponics, so that they can benefit from this sustainable and profitable farming model,” commented Habarana Village by Cinnamon General Manager Marlon Robert.
The Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts chain comprises 14 distinct hotels and resorts located in key areas across Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The brand embodies a passion for inspired living and promises holistic and enhanced experiences that are tailor-made to suit the specific interests of travellers. The Cinnamon brand focuses on delivering memorable holidays and getaways that deliver exceptional standards of service whilst showcasing the warmth and vibrancy of contemporary Sri Lankan hospitality.