Agriculture

World food prices fall in 2016 for fifth straight year - UN FAO

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

ROME (Reuters): World food prices fell for a fifth straight year in 2016 as losses in cereals, meat and dairy outweighed rises in sugar an...


How has the drought affected retailers and farmers in Sri Lanka?

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

In Sri Lanka, drought is looming into a larger issue as one-third of the population is engaged in agriculture-related activities. Accord...


India rubber prices jump to 2-1/2 year high

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:41

Mumbai (Reuters): Natural rubber prices in India jumped to a two-and-a-half-year high last week on limited supplies and tracking gains in overseas ...


Malaysia sees average 2017 palm price well below current levels

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:40

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters): Palm oil prices will this year average between 2,700 and 2,800 ringgit, Malaysia’s minister of plantation industries ...


Thai floods to dent Q1 global rubber output: ANRPC

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:39

Mumbai (Reuters): Global natural rubber output is likely to fall in the first quarter of 2017 as floods have disrupted tapping in top producer Thai...


Rs. 300 m grant from India to construct 3,000 rain water harvesting systems

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:37

India and Sri Lanka last week signed a MoU to construct 3,000 rain water harvesting systems at a cost of Rs. 300 million in Jaffna Distric...


5 all time record prices in John Keells Catalogue

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

All time record price for Abbotsleigh Estate Abbotsleigh Estate selling under garden mark ‘Florence’, situated in the Hatton region h...


Hidellana Estate obtains all-time record price

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

At this week’s tea auction conducted on 9 and 10 January 2017 an invoice of D1 grade from Hidellana Tea Factory, Ratnapura fetched an all-tim...


Speyside CTC establishes an All Time Record Price

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Insite Tea Factory – OF grade in Unorthodox Medium grown category achieved Rs. 510 per kg at the auction held on 9/10 January 2017 thus estab...


Sri Lanka Market Review 2016 and Outlook 2017

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

By Asia Siyaka Commodities PLC Global Supply Review 2016 Over the past three years world production of tea grew 6% from 4,990 in 2013 to ...


Kotiyagalla Estate achieves all time record price

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Kotiyagala Estate achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 690 for a FNGS1 grade in the Western High Grown category at the weekly tea auctions held...


Good demand at 2017’s first tea auction

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

By Forbes and  Walker Tea Brokers The first auction of the year concluded had on offer a total of 6.7M/Kgs. There was good demand. Prices ...


Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory establishes all-time record price

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory Inv 0402 PDUST achieved Rs. 670 at the auction held on 3-4 January, thus establishing an all-time record price. The teas...


Planters and uprooters

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

By Jayasri Priyalal Plantation economy and the British East India Company were the two iconic economic models of the colonial British Empire.&nbs...


Rice prices fall in Asia

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: Rice prices in India fell due to ample supply and recent slide in the rupee, while the Thai and Vietnamese markets remained subdued in the...


Queensberry opens the year with all-time record!

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

Queensberry estate, Kataboola, situated in the Dimbula planting district, achieved an all-time record price of Rs.740 for a BOPSp grade in the West...


All-time record price for Carolina Estate

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

Carolina Estate managed by Watawala Plantations PLC established an all-time record price of Rs. 500 for a line of CTC Medium Grown BPS grade at thi...


Bangladesh tea prices dip on higher supply of poor quality leaf

/ Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00

DHAKA (Reuters): Tea prices in Bangladesh fell about 2% at the weekly auction on Tuesday due to higher supplies of inferior grade leaf, but strong ...


As rains fail, manoeuvring for water grows in southern Sri Lanka

/ Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tucked inside a large forest near the drying Andaraweva irrigation reservoir, a well-tended plantation of young banana ...


Arabica coffee dips to fresh 6-month low, sugar marches higher

/ Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00

New York/London (Reuters): Arabica coffee futures on ICE Futures US dipped to a fresh 6-month low on Wednesday as the market extended its prolonged...


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BPM – finance and accounting: Sri Lankan perspective

18 January 2017

Overview  BPM or Business Process Management, FAO or Finance Accounting Outsourcing, and HRO or Human Resource Outsourcing are a few of the acronyms that getbandiedabout in relation to the Outsourcing industry. The potenti...


How has the drought affected retailers and farmers in Sri Lanka?

18 January 2017

In Sri Lanka, drought is looming into a larger issue as one-third of the population is engaged in agriculture-related activities. According to the Department of Agriculture, 1.8 million farming households across the island are engaged i...


Fighters with no arms, no legs

17 January 2017

    Lessons they teach all of us Life without limbs yet without limits; changing obstacles into opportunities. The only person keeping us from reaching our full potential is our own self as False Evide...


CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

17 January 2017

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Task Force Chairperson Manouri Muttetuwegama on 3 January.  The Consultation T...


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