Sarubima (Good Earth)

Established by Cargills (Ceylon) PLC in 2008 at Thanamalwila, the Cargills Sarubima Fund aims to support the farming community for their untiring efforts towards growing our country's economy. For every kilogram of fruit and vegetables as well as every litre of milk we source from local farmers, we add 50 cents to the Fund. Since we source 120,000 kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as 120,000 litres of milk every day, this money has now developed into a substantial amount and continues to be utilised for the empowerment of local farming communities.

With this, we extend knowledge and expertise to farmers on the latest agricultural methods and transportation while educating them on how to reduce wastage. We also recognize farmers who excel with awards. Since our intention is to uplift not only farmers, but their families and communities, we reach out to their children too. We select children who display academic proficiency at Grade Five Scholarship, G.C.E. Advanced Level, Universities and vocational trainings and offer them scholarships to encourage them to study further.

Sarubima’s ‘Save our Soil Programme’ recognizes fruit and vegetable farmers and dairy famers from the local communities for their contribution to agriculture and sustainable agriculture practices.

Cargills Sarubima has won the Best Sustainability Project Award presented by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, The Best Corporate Citizen Award and has received numerous forms of recognition for its strong commitment to society.

Sarubima community projects conducted in 2016/17

In 2016/17 the total Sarubima fund exceeded Rs. 25 Million.

  • 225 scholarships were offered - 92 University, Pirivena and Vocational Education Scholarships, 93 Advanced Level Scholarships and 40 Year 5 Scholarships.
  • 49 community development projects involving drinking water, water purification, school development, library development as well as certified English and IT centres.
  • 15 projects amounting to over Rs. 2.4Mn are also set for completion in the Hatton, Bogahawanthalawa, Maskeliya, Bogahawatta and Lindula areas through this programme.
  • 25 exemplary farmers were also rewarded for their service to the dairy and agriculture industries as well as leadership role in the local community.