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HNB and Browns Agriculture empower Sri Lanka's farmers with convenient access to farming equipment

(L to R): HNB DGM – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne; HNB Asst. General Manager – Personal Financial Services, Kanchana Karunagama; HNB Head of Leasing, Susith Perera; HNB Senior Manager – Micro Finance, Pujitha Jayawardena; HNB Asst. Manager – Leasing, Roshan De Silva; HNB Asst. Manager – Business Development-Leasing , Mahesh Rathnayake; Browns Chief Cluster Operating Officer, Sanjaya Nissanka; Browns Business Development Manager, Chanaka Chandrasekara; Browns Service Operations Manager, Anton Perera; Browns Executive – Brand & Administration, Menaka Wijesinghe.

Following up on recent efforts to support the agricultural sector despite the challenges they face today, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC partnered with Browns Agriculture, the pioneer of agricultural machinery In Sri Lanka.

“We are all undoubtedly aware of the agricultural crisis that has been affecting Sri Lanka in the last couple of years. It has had quite the adverse impact on the industry, on national food security, as well as the export market. We are committed to helping better the situation in the country and as such have partnered with Browns Agriculture to provide farmers with convenient access to leading tractor and harvester brands,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail & SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

“We hope that the solutions offered will do their part in helping fuel the resurgence of the agricultural sector in the nation and remain dedicated to doing our part in contributing to Sri Lanka’s economic revival.”

In the current conditions, unexpected breakdowns and repairs can be particularly challenging for farmers, as they may not have the funds readily available to cover the costs. Together with HNB, Browns Agriculture is now offering a 2 year (or 2000 hour) warranty period for the sale of TAFE tractors. In addition, customers who purchase a tractor under the HNB/Browns leasing promotion will receive 4 labour-free doorstep services. HNB customers will also receive free registration for all tractors, with the first year insurance premium waived for specific models. They are also offering a 6 month warranty for specific brands of harvesters, along with 3 labour-free doorstep services with the purchase of YANMAR and SUMO harvesters.

Browns Agriculture Sanjay Nissanka -Cluster Chief Operating Officer, said “The trust we have gained through top quality products, best after sales services and the long term relationship has undisputedly made Browns Agriculture the first preference among the farming community. We are proud to partner with HNB for this endeavour, as someone who shares the same values towards empowering the agricultural sector at such a crucial time. Through this partnership, we hope to offer valuable benefits and convenient leasing solutions to help them supplement their business.”

Browns Group is one of Sri Lanka’s largest diversified conglomerates, which manages a fast growing and valuable portfolio of brands across several key industry sectors, such as automotive; power generation; agriculture and plantation; pharmaceuticals; investments; marine and manufacturing as well as leisure.

With 256 customer centres and 800+ Self Service machines (SSMs) nation-wide, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically innovative private banks. Consolidating its legacy in sustainability, good governance and corporate excellence, HNB was crowned the Best Corporate Citizen for 2022 at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Awards. The bank further secured four additional accolades, including being ranked among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens and taking home the Governance category and Sustainability Champion for the Finance sector titles.

Additionally, HNB was ranked among the World’s Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for the sixth consecutive year in 2022, in addition to being crowned the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 13th occasion at the prestigious International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2023 hosted by the Asian Banker Magazine.