About Us

CEO'S Message

“With a mission to uplift the income and livelihood of small-holder farmers, and a vision of improving the production standards from farmer level while enhancing the quality of our products to meet the international standards, we maintain continuity and profit-making for the business through perseverance despite the changing and competitive business world”

Mr.Tyrell Fernando

Managing Director / CEO


People’s Organization for Development Imports & Exports (PODIE) is a small-scale Fair-Trade organization which began in 1974 and established in 1985, in Negombo Sri Lanka. PODIE’S primary goal is to protect the small-scale producers and consumers from the middlemen, and provide quality goods especially for the export market. We began to export mats and consequently established a fund from the profit, consequently began exporting handicrafts, prawn powder, etcetera. Meanwhile, we started processing spices with the aid of our buyers and established a stall for handicrafts and spices in Negombo town for tourists.

PODIE works with over two thousand small-scale organic farmers and producer groups affiliated to the organization who are located in seven out of nine provinces in Sri Lanka. We have taken initiative to encourage our farmer community to go organic and thereby offering them a premium price for their organic produce. In addition to providing a good market for their produce, we provide assistance in developing their infrastructure, and also help them to enhance the quality of their produce, increase their productivity to suit the international markets.

With over three-four decades in the spice industry, we mostly export to Fair Trade Organisations based in European & Scandinavian countries, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, and Unites States of America. We are a guaranteed-true World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) producer and active members in WFTO – Asia and WFTO – Sri Lanka.

Our board of Directors consists farmers, workers, staff and social workers. Also, one Directress represent the board. PODIE has over fifty women employees in the production units who are employed adhering to standards set by the WFTO working environmental conditions and Sri Lankan government

Podie's Vission

“To be organically superior and corporately fair”


To conserve the environmental ecosystems expanding the biodiversity areas and diminish climate change, by practicing organic and biodynamic agriculture in the country.

To enhance the life standards of our small holder farmer communities and employees by producing premium quality Ceylon organic products, catering to our customers’ needs in the international markets.

Who are the people involved with us?

Board of Directors / Management Staff/ Workers at the Processing unit / Small holder farmer communities

Awards Won
  • Silver Award in Medium Category at National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) Awards in 2022.
  • Gold Winner in Small Category at the National Industrial Development Board Awards in 2022.
  • Best Enterprise in Agriculture & Livestock – Large Category for the year 2019 awarded by the National Chamber and NEDA.
  • In the year 2003, Winner of “GOLD AWARD” – BIMST-EC Country Award. (Organized by the SriLanka food Processors Association)
  • Winner of “GOLD AWARD” at the “Food Award of Excellence for three consecutive years in 2001, 2002 & 2003”
    (Organized by the Sri Lanka food Processors Association)
  • Gold award at Amazing Sri Lanka for the year 2018.
  • Bronze award at Amazing Sri Lanka for the year 2019.