Swedish, Indian investors to boost ‘Grama Shakthi’ agricultural program

Views - 198 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:01

Foreign direct investment is presently being seen in Sri Lanka for a village level agricultural products program implemented under the ‘Grama Shakthi’ People’s Movement.

FAO Food Price Index rises for second consecutive month

Views - 14 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

The FAO Food Price Index rose in March, driven by robust increases in grains and dairy prices.

Mulatiyana Tea Factory establishes all-time record price

Views - 91 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

Mulatiyana Tea Factory situated in Mulatiyana, managed by K.H.G Mahinda Padmasiri & Malinda Padmasiri, realised an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 3 April by achieving Rs. 1,010 per kg for OP in the Low Grown category.

Triton Hills OP reached record levels

Views - 111 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:20

At the Colombo Tea Auction conducted on 3 April, a line of Triton Hills Orange Pekoe (OP) in the Low Grown category sold at an all-time record price of Rs. 1,010 per Kilo. This tea was purchased by the leading tea exporter of Ceylon tea, Akbar Broth

Best Performer Award to Watawala Tea Ceylon of Sunshine at Keells Supplier Convention 2018

Views - 23 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:18

Watawala Tea Ceylon Limited (WTCL), a subsidiary of the diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC, received the ‘Best Performance’ award under the Gold tier, at the recently-concluded Keells Supplier Convention 2018. Held as an annual event,

Monthly tea auction averages down Rs. 25 in March

Views - 54 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers March Auction average totalled Rs. 613.75 vis-à-vis Rs. 638.76 of March 2017, showing a decrease of Rs. 25.01. When analysing the respective elevations, High Grown average for March 2018 of Rs. 602.27 too shows a dec

India’s easing of sugar export rules could further pressure global prices

Views - 13 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India relaxed rules on sugar exports on Wednesday, allowing mills to sell abroad until the end of the current season in a move that could further drag down benchmark sugar prices. India, the world’s biggest sugar consumer, is s

Ceylon Cinnamon, Ceylon Tea to be recognised as Geographical Indications in Sri Lanka

Views - 61 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is the leading exporter of true cinnamon to the world and holds 80% of the world market share for true cinnamon. Exporters of Ceylon Cinnamon to the world market, especially the European Union and North American markets, have to face with t

Delmo upgrades with state-of-the-art hatchery

Views - 26 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Delmo Chicken and Agro Ltd., one of Sri Lanka’s leading poultry production and processing companies with its range of products marketed throughout the island under the brand name Delmo, has stepped up on a major upgrade in its capacity. The compan

Successes and achievements in Monaragala District

Views - 23 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations component in the implementation of the European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) is nearing its successful completion this May, 2018. The program helped low in

Finding nature based solutions to treat drinking water to support farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone

Views - 24 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Globally, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. Furthermore, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the environment without being treated or reused. This year’s theme for World Water Day

EU and FAO hold seminar to improve nutrition through agriculture and food systems in Sri Lanka

Views - 50 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

A two day seminar ‘A recipe for change – Improving nutrition through agriculture and food systems in Sri Lanka’,

Giant prawns on the menu

Views - 70 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

A newly-commercialised variety of giant prawn is fast becoming an important source of income for inland fishers in the Northern and Northwestern Provinces.

Stepping up efforts in Asia to prevent re-emergence of rinderpest

Views - 16 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

Veterinary officers, animal health experts and scientists from 12 countries in the Asian region converged in Colombo

Bio wax and TFF take food security to greater heights

Views - 117 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:06

By Shannon Jayawardena Hayleys Agriculture and the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) together launched two innovative products, namely Bio wax and Tree Fresh Formulation (TFF) last week, taking food security in Sri Lanka to greater heights. Mini

New Zealand’s support for investment in Sri Lanka’s fisheries sector

Views - 21 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:05

High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka Joanna Kempkers said that she will encourage New Zealand investors to invest in Sri Lankan fisheries projects. The High Commissioner gave this assurance during a discussion with Fisheries and Aquatic Reso

Great Western breaks its record for BOP

Views - 30 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:02

At the Colombo Tea Auction held on 20-21 March, an Invoice of Great Western BOP improved their own record for this grade and set another all time record of Rs. 1,850/- per kg, for the Western High Grown category. Great Western Estate is part of Talaw

India scraps 20% tax to boost exports, cut inventory

Views - 19 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India has scrapped a 20% sugar export tax, a government source said on Tuesday, to help boost overseas sales in a year of surplus production. Last week Reuters reported that India, the world’s biggest consumer of sugar, would a

Issues faced by freshwater aquaculture taken up in Parliament

Views - 20 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama The National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA) has identified perennial and seasonal reservoirs appropriative for freshwater aquaculture in Sri Lanka. According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Re

Foreign experts conduct poultry knowledge and technology transfer workshop and seminar

Views - 23 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

A two-day workshop and seminar was organised in Colombo on 15 and 16 March by Fortune Grand Parent Farms Lanka Ltd. for its staff and customers (consisting of large and middle scale parent broiler breeder farms and hatcheries). Fortune Grand Parent F

Stepping up efforts in Asia to prevent re-emergence of rinderpest

Views - 47 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Veterinary officers, animal health experts and scientists from 12 countries in the Asian region converged in Colombo to renew commitments and take action against any possible outbreak of the rinderpest, a highly contagious disease that, throughout hi

Japan to uplift agriculture in Ampara and fishery in Mannar

Views - 25 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

The Government of Japan has decided to provide grants for two development projects to support livelihoods of agricultural community in Ampara and fishery community in Mannar, under the scheme “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Securities Projec

Plantation Minister emphasises need for weedicides to prevent damage to tea industry

Views - 302 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake says an effective weedicide is promptly needed to prevent further damage to the tea industry affected by the glyphosate ban as human labour to control growing weeds in tea plantations is costly. The Mi

Tobacco farmers call on Govt. to allow cultivation until alternatives introduced

Views - 35 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Over 300,000 members of the tobacco farming community called on the Government to continue to allow tobacco cultivation until an alternative crop matchingits economic value was introduced, stressing that they feared for their fu

Tamil members of Civil Security Department engage in paddy harvesting in Vavuniya

Views - 17 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:05

Tamil members of the Civil Security Department engage in paddy harvesting in Manmadukanda, Vavuniya, on 14 March. These combatants help the country’s economy as they inject more than Rs. 1,000 million to the economy annually. Rehabilitation and

Tea Swap trading begins in Sri Lanka

Views - 705 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:03

Sri Lanka became the world’s first tea-producing country to launch an official trial for Tea Swaps last week. A Tea Swap is a new type of financial product, capable of bringing stability to the tea price, opening new avenues for investment and gro

High fibre: India cotton exports gather pace as global prices rally

Views - 18 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:01

Mumbai (Reuters): India’s cotton exports have been gathering pace after global prices jumped to four-year highs, with traders in the world’s top producer of the fibre signing contracts in the last three weeks to ship over 1 million bales, industr

Poor farmers need better protection from costly disasters: UN

Views - 10 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:00

Kuala Lumpur (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Natural disasters such as drought and floods cost developing countries $ 96 billion in damage to crops and livestock between 2005 and 2015, highlighting the need to step up protection for poor farmers, the U

Matuwagala Tea Factory establishes all-time record price

Views - 44 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:06

Matuwagala Tea Factory, situated in Ratnapura and managed by Saman Upasena, achieved an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 14 March, securing an attractive price of Rs. 990 per kg for PEK1 grade in the Low Grown category. The teas we

DIMO and Mahindra roll out latest Swaraj tractor range in Sri Lanka

Views - 44 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:06

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO)together with Mahindra Group of India introduced the latest Swaraj tractor range to Sri Lanka recently with the unveiling of two of its latest models. Swaraj tractors are part of the Mahindra Group’s Farm Equipm

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The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).

President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te

The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct

Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits ( That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a

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