Agriculture

All-time record price for Abbotsleigh estate

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Abbotsleigh estate, selling under the garden mark ‘Florence’, situated in the Hatton region, has achieved an all-time record price at t...


El Nino could return in second half of 2017: WMO

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Reuters: El Nino weather conditions could return to heat up the planet later this year, although neutral conditions are slightly more likely, the U...


Rothschild Estate achieves all time record price

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Rothschild Estate, Pussellawa achieved an all time record price of Rs. 620 for a PF1 grade in the Western Medium CTC category at the weekly tea auc...


Unleash the entrepreneur in every small farmer: new IFAD Chief

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Rome (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Training young farmers to turn agriculture into a business is key to eradicating poverty and curbing economic mi...


Tea auctions this week

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

By Forbes and  Walker Tea Brokers This week a total of 5.9 M/kgs came under the hammer, marginally above the previous week’s quantit...


TRS sees small global sugar surplus in 2017/18

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

  Sugar production to rise partly by response to high prices Improved weather post 2014-16 El Nino to also boost out...


Western High Grown BOP record broken after 7 years

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

  Great Western Estate, Talawakelle this week achieved a record price of Rs. 1,650 per kg for a Western High Grown BOP, smash...


Indian farmers to raise rubber tapping amid price rally

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India’s natural rubber output in 2017/18 is likely to jump 15% to its highest in four years at 750,000 tonnes as a spike in...


All time record price for Ceciliyan Tea Factory

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

Ceciliyan Tea Factory managed by Ceciliyan Associates Ltd. situated in Kalawana, Ratnapura established an all time record price for a Low ...


Record price for Uva High Grown OP

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

Oodoowerre Estate Demodara continued a record-breaking trend and has set a new record for Uva High Grown OP for the second time in four months.&nbs...


Bangladesh tea prices dip on poor-grade leaf

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

Reuters: Tea prices in Bangladesh fell sharply at the weekly auction on Tuesday on higher supplies of inferior-grade leaf, but low prices attracted...


World Food Program hails Govt. for introducing national insurance scheme

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

  The measures taken by the Sri Lankan Government to introduce a national insurance scheme covering all the country’s c...


Fair Trade certification for Red Lady papaya: Vavuniya North Fruit Growers Cooperative achieves another landmark

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

After five years of operations, the Vavuniya North Fruit Growers Cooperative Union continues to grow in its efforts to increase profit. Over 10,000...


Elastic band: Chinese speculators ping global rubber prices to 5-year high

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

  Jan Tokyo rubber futures rose most in a month since 1990 Investors bet on China growth, Trump demand hike in US ...


Indonesia to send 5,000 tonnes of rice to drought-stricken Sri Lanka

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

The Indonesian Government will deliver 5,000 tonnes of rice as humanitarian aid to drought-stricken Sri Lanka, Indonesian media reported. Indones...


Nestlé quality standards recognised by Sri Lanka Standards Institution

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:15

The Maggi Coconut Milk Powder team receiving the SLS Certification Award    Nestlé’s Maggi Coconut ...


Genetic study may make ancient Inca’s quinoa a grain of the future

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:13

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Quinoa, the sacred ‘mother grain’ of the ancient Inca civilisation suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could bec...


Pakistan sends relief assistance to help people of Sri Lanka

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:12

With a view to help the people of Sri Lanka to mitigate the severe drought, the Government of Pakistan has sent a relief flight to Colombo...


Raw sugar prices rise as physical market tightens

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:11

LONDON (Reuters): Raw sugar futures rose to their highest level in nearly three months last week, boosted by emerging tightness in the physical mar...


India will need to import sugar to meet shortfall: Analyst Fry

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:10

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India will need to import sugar in 2016/17 as its production is likely to fall to 21 million tonnes-22 million tonnes, analyst...


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SAITM and private medical schools: One bad start should not lead to throwing away a good idea

20 February 2017

Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka's newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (available at: http://www.saitm.edu.lk/), has been denoting a derogatory meaning in Sri Lankans' pres...


Delightfully imperfect?

18 February 2017

  A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     “Forty-year-old Mrs. Doreen Kulandivelu ...


Mother Lanka pregnant for the third time!

18 February 2017

A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background                                      &nbs...


Acting now for a better Sri Lanka

17 February 2017

Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of conflicts and will force people to survive and find a suitable way to live somewhere else – Pic by ...


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