UOC signs an MoU to share its equipment & machines with farmers.
University of Colombo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mr Walpola Gamage Chandrasena, Indurusiri Furniture, Kalutara on the 24th of February 2023 to share a machine for producing biodegradable plates using leftover banana leaves that would otherwise go to waste. The initiative was undertaken to find a productive use for this waste material by converting it into bio plates. The fabrication of the plates requires a specialized machine, which was developed by a research team at UCIARS as part of the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) project. The plates produced by this machine are in high demand and can serve as an alternative to polythene usage for food service and packaging. Mr Chandrasena has agreed to produce and commercialize this machine through his business venture.