Agriculture

CTTA calls for Govt. support to fast track flood claims

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake shakes hand with  Ceylon Tea Traders Association Chairman Anselm Perera as Vice Chairman J Ka...


Tea crop down 5.5% in May

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Sri Lanka’s tea production in May declined by 5.5% to 30.6Mn/Kg year-on-year, resulting in the cumulative tea crop for the first fiv...


Bangladesh tea prices rally for sixth week on quality leaf

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

DHAKA (Reuters): Bangladesh tea prices rose for a sixth straight weekly auction on Tuesday on strong demand for quality leaf despite a higher volum...


Nestlé hosts zonal Food Conference for Out-of-Home business in Sri Lanka

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Nestlé Professional, Nestlé’s Out-of-Home business that provides culinary and beverage solutions to the restaurant and...


Kenya wakes up to coffee

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

AFP: Africa’s best barista doesn’t drink coffee, nor even really like it, yet two-time Kenyan champ Martin Shabaya won the Africa round...


Plantation Minister says no room for adulteration of teas

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

 Plantation Industries Minister Naveen Dissanayake addresses the 122nd Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Tea Traders Association while (fro...


Will Sri Lankan chicken ever cross the road to the export market?

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

One has to admit that Sri Lanka’s chicken growers aren’t spring chicken at all. Within a single generation, they have made chicken the ...


From poverty to self-sufficiency SADP celebrates decade of rural empowerment

/ Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

Outreach Project staff​ By Hiruni Dabarera A new era of self-sufficiency has dawned upon the farmer families in Weligama who...


World’s first illegal fishing treaty now in force

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:20

  A groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect on 5 June and is now legally b...


KOPIA’s research on mushroom cultivation to be concluded this month

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:20

  The Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Sri Lanka Centre will conclude its three-year research initiative on...


Commodity trends point to stable food prices, declining global food import bill

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:19

Global food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to a broadly st...


Global farmland deals now cover area the size of Finland: Campaigners

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:18

Rio De Janeiro (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Global investors have spent more than $90 billion buying agricultural lands the size of Finland in dea...


Bill Gates to donate 100,000 chicks to fight poverty

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:18

Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates speaks to the media, in front of a chicken coop set up on the 68th floor of ...


How Ceylon Cinnamon can change lives in Sri Lanka

/ Monday, 13 June 2016 00:08

CTA instructors providing field training to cinnamon workers The branding of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon and promoting it in global markets was a ...


Asian rice market: Thai prices widen, Vietnamese prices dip on thin buying demand

/ Monday, 13 June 2016 00:05

Different rice varieties are pictured at a local “sarisari” store (convenience shop) in Las Pinas city, Metro Manila, Philippines June ...


India plans 25% tax on sugar exports as drought bites

/ Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India plans to introduce a 25% tax on sugar exports to maintain local supplies, the government said on Thursday, a move tha...


Global standard to measure food waste aims to put more on plates

/ Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

A third of all food worth $ 940 b go waste: FAO (Thomson Reuters Foundation): A new global standard for measuring food loss and...


Commercial Bank joins technology initiative for tea leaf suppliers in Sri Lanka

/ Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

Commercial Bank Managing Director/CEO Jegan Durairatnam (left) makes a symbolic presentation of a hybrid debit card to the owner of a tea factory i...


DIMO Agri holds Mahindra Tractor Sri Lanka Dealer Conference in Kochi

/ Tuesday, 7 June 2016 00:01

The Agricultural Machinery Division of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) recently held its Mahindra Tractor Dealer Conference in Kochi, Ker...


Starbucks, Anheuser-Busch to partner on bottled Teavana teas

/ Monday, 6 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: Anheuser-Busch and Starbucks announced a deal on Thursday to produce, bottle, distribute and market Teavana ready-to-drink teas in the Uni...


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The importance of building brand Sri Lanka

28 June 2016

BREXIT costs $ 2.1 trillion SL exports to UK, $ 1 billion When Britain went to vote on the referendum, little did the world realise that in the event it went the other way, there would have been shock waves globally –...


Sri Lankan marketers need the service of anthropologists

28 June 2016

A few years ago, a leading mobile service operator in Sri Lanka had a problem when a new package was introduced by another mobile service operator with the help of the Government. Some ‘loyal’ customers suddenly switched onto the new p...


Brexit: Are the UK Universities and the research sector the biggest casualty?

27 June 2016

Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland, in this Reuters picture. Brexit was fought on emotional grounds rather than on hard core economics or political realities    Brit...


Hyundai strikes back with mega ship orders

27 June 2016

Hyundai strikes back with mega ship orders Hyundai Merchant Marine said it had reached an agreement with ship-owners to secure lower charter rates; a major breakthrough in its financial restructuring that enables state support for the purch...


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