Agriculture

Bangladesh gets $ 176 m World Bank loan to help poor farmers

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

DHAKA (Reuters): Bangladesh on Tuesday signed a $ 176-million deal with the World Bank to help more than a million of its poor farmers boost output...


FAO partners Education Ministry to encourage school gardens

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

‘Scaling up nutrition through a multi-sector approach’ is a Spanish-funded project implemented jointly by Food and Agriculture Organiza...


Believe Me I am Genuine: Economics of Trust

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Introduction The world is moving towards consumption of healthy foods. Growing concerns over non-communicable diseases such as diabetics, high bl...


124th Death Anniversary of James Taylor: Father of Ceylon Tea

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

By Lalin I. De Silva James Taylor was born in Kincardineshire Scotland on 29 March 1835 (two years before Queen Victoria ascended the throne). Se...


CCC-Citi ‘Rural Economic Empowerment Program’ to boost productivity improvement training for cinnamon growers

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

The ‘Rural Economic Empowerment Program’, a joint effort between Citi Bank, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce andNDB Bank, aimed at nurtur...


Decision to decide against the tea hub

/ Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:01

The tea plant was brought into the country by the British in 1824 for non-commercial purposes and later developed to be a key export commodity out ...


Key agriculture sector reforms in creating a productive nation

/ Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:01

Daily FT-Colombo University MBA Alumni Association forum shares key insights from public-private sector experts University o...


Motha Confectionery awarded ISO 22000 for Food Safety Management Systems

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

  ISO 22000 addresses key aspects of food safety management standards, which enable organisations to identify and control fo...


Watawala Tea Ceylon celebrates exceptional performance at its Annual Convention

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

  Member of diversified Sunshine Holdings Group emerges as largest branded tea company and its ‘Watawala Tea’ br...


Promethean Power Systems and Fonterra partner to boost milk quality in Sri Lanka

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

  Promethean Power Systems and Fonterra, the dairy co-operative behind Anchor milk brand, have partnered to introduce a new r...


Tea auctions this week

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

By John Keells Plc The larger weight of 1.2m kgs of Ex-Estate teas that came under the hammer, met with less demand and consequently prices decli...


Are we ready for organic paddy farming: What determines organic fertiliser uptake and profits?

/ Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:05

Introduction Sri Lanka is heading towards a chemical and pesticide free agriculture. Paddy farming has been one of the main target areas of Sri L...


Ground-breaking illegal fishing accord soon to enter into force

/ Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:03

Rome - Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is about to become much more difficult thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port...


New pesticide guidelines seek faster phase-out of risky toxins

/ Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:02

FAO and WHO offer road map to deal with Highly Hazardous Pesticides Rome - FAO and WHO have released new guidelines aimed at reducin...


Unilever to invest $50 m in tea factory in Rwanda

/ Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:01

Reuters: Unilever Plc’s  Rwandan subsidiary plans to invest up to $50 million to set up a tea processing factory, develop two tea estate...


As the climate shifts, tradition threatens Sri Lanka’s rice harvest

/ Monday, 9 May 2016 00:00

By Amantha Perera Thomson Reuters Foundation: In mid-April, at the same time of year as their families have done for generations, Sri La...


World food prices rise slightly in April: FAO

/ Monday, 9 May 2016 00:00

Global prices of key staple food commodities rose in April, marking its third consecutive monthly increase after four years of decline. The FAO F...


India to revoke compulsory sugar export order

/ Monday, 9 May 2016 00:00

Reuters: India will soon scrap an order that requires sugar mills to export excess supply, two government officials said on Monday, after ...


Cinnamon Training Academy new twig of Ceylon Cinnamon

/ Monday, 9 May 2016 00:00

CTA Chairman Sarada De Silva explaining the process of cinnamon peeling to the guests   As the number one exporter of...


A’pura, Vavuniya farmers venture into lucrative passion fruit cultivation

/ Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00

  Cargills (Ceylon) PLC together with SOLID a project by USAID ceremonially handed over equipment to farmers in Anuradhapura...


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An ‘affair’ of the mind between a nubile undergrad and her ageing professor

28 May 2016

Asoka Handagama Asoka Handagama’s latest film ‘Let Her Cry’ is currently being shown in theatres on a limited run from 13 May to 10 June. The director apparently preferred to utilise the gap in between already-scheduled r...


Political violence and (this time) the Chief Minister!

28 May 2016

Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed    By Hilmy Ahamed Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed’s outburst is not acceptable by any standards. As the senior most political office holder in the province, he has a much bigger...


Noah’s Albatross and Postdiluvian Politics

27 May 2016

 APRÈS MOI, LE DÉLUGE! In the aftermath of the Great Flood of 2016, if Sri Lanka is to Build Back Better, the political leadership must be instrumental in syncing Government actors and State agencies in working together with gre...


The promise of Yahapalanaya should not get washed away

27 May 2016

 President Maithripala Sirisena presenting his campaign manifesto to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe where the first-order of priority was clearly the promised anti-corruption probes     On 8 January, nea...


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