Biomass Group is now implementing a state of the art farmer signup and supply chain platform ‘PLanT’ (Produce Logistics and Traceability) to track every farmer, monitor fuelwood inventory, monitor crop capacity for other/food produce, document impact on livelihoods and other environmental and social benefits, and calculate the carbon sequestration potential of trees that are planted.
This PLanT platform captures data at each step of the chain, from the initial planting of new trees, to harvesting and collection time, to transportation and final processing at the local depot. Thus providing a full audit trail and full transparency on socio-economic impact, climate impact, and volumetric information for the benefit of customers, suppliers and investors.
In addition, the PLanT platform will help the farmer sell a growing range of crops to buyers – further improving farmer incomes.
The primary biomass fuel used is Gliricidia Sepium, a rapidly growing, short-rotation, nitrogen-fixing tree, which has manifold benefits.
It is only the branches that are purchased when the tree is coppiced. The root and bole structure remain sequestering carbon over a 20-year period. This represents a carbon sink which we are registering on the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) via South Pole Group, to earn forestry carbon credits from the global carbon markets.
A VCS certificate is issued to private and public sector projects that support climate action and sustainable development with standards, tools and programs that transparently and robustly assess environmental and social impacts.
Biomass Supplies is the first company in Sri Lanka to register an agri-forestry business on the global carbon markets.
The financial revenues earned by selling carbon credits will be shared with our supply partners and channeled to a Foundation to benefit our smallholder farmers.
In producing our fuelwood resources, we enhance food production by improving soil health – regenerating soil through a return to organic farming by using Gliricidia leaves as a compost and as pesticide. In addition, soils are enriched by Gliricidia’s nitrogen fixing root nodules which pulls nutrients closer to the soil surface.
The farmer no longer needs to spend money on chemical fertilizer and the water table is not poisoned from chemical fertilizer / pesticide run-off. Soil and farming families are both healthier and more productive. The Gliricidia trunks and regenerated organic soil both act as a carbon sink.
This business will raise farm incomes, regenerate soil and create a carbon sink which reduces atmospheric CO2 because of the millions of trees that are planted by our smallholder farmers and plantation owners.
Biomass Supplies has conducted over 600 training programs to date.
Since May 2013, we have been working with Dr. Lionel Weerakoon, the foremost expert on Gliricidia in Sri Lanka. He is known as “Mr. Gliricidia” on account of developing the “Lionel Weerakoon method of Gliricidia propagation”. Dr. Weerakoon has been focused on training smallholder farmers on how to save money through organic agricultural practices, using home developed organic pesticides, fungicides, microbial cultures, and organic fertilizer.
Since 2016, we have been working with Dr. Ananda Tennakoon, formerly the Deputy Director of the Coconut Research Institute (CRI) who is a specialist on coconut and soil health. Dr Tenakoon’s focus is on coconut plantations where we educate plantation owners how to substitute Gliricidia leaves for the coconut plantations UREA inputs and also on intercropping Gliricidia in coconut plantations.