Agriculture

Govt. slashes lease payments for state land used for agriculture

Views - 25 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Cabinet this week approved to reduce lease payments for leasing state land for commercial agriculture purposes. Noting


Indian pepper traders call for raising of import duty of pepper from Sri Lanka

Views - 11 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

(ET) KOCHI: The spice traders have called for raising the duty of imported pepper from Sri Lanka as the dumping of the spice to Indian


Pedro Estate sets an all time record price

Views - 11 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Pedro Estate, situated in Nuwara Eliya, has established an all time record price at this week’s tea auction held on 21 February


All time record price for Nildalukanda tea factory

Views - 11 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Nildalukanda tea factory, situated in Gampola, established an all time record price at the weekly tea auction on 1 February


All time record price for Carolina Estate

Views - 10 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Carolina Estate, managed by Watawala Plantations, established an all time record price of Rs. 570/- for an invoice of CTC


Quick Tea Joins the Ranks of ‘Green Businesses’

Views - 16 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Quick Tea Private Limited, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s largest tea exporter for over two decades – Akbar Brothers Limited


Food Security: The new dilemma?

Views - 87 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Food security,as per the World Food Summit definition,is definedas “when all people, at all times, have physical,


Food Security: The new dilemma?

Views - 7 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

Food security,as per the World Food Summit definition,is definedas “when all people, at all times, have physical,


India’s 2017 tea exports up 8% to 241 m kg

Views - 41 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:49

REUTERS: India’s tea exports in 2017 jumped 8.2% from a year ago to 240.68 million kg due to good demand from Egypt, Iran and China, the state-run Tea Board said in a statement. India, the world’s second-biggest tea producer, exports CTC (crush-t


Fonterra’s pioneering local dairy development investment program tops Rs. 3 b in 3 years

Views - 21 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:49

Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka, the dairy co-operative behind Anchor, recently surpassed the Rs. 3 billion investment-mark in its commitment to building a thriving local dairy industry and boosting the availability of high quality, local dairy nutrition f


Dairy prices extend 2018 gains on NZ supply concerns

Views - 19 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:48

REUTERS: Global dairy prices have extended their strong start to the year, with analysts saying buyers were worried that unfavourable weather would hamper production in New Zealand, the world’s top milk exporter. The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) Price


Bangladesh tea prices dip on poor leaf quality

Views - 28 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:48

REUTERS: Tea prices fell sharply at Bangladesh’s weekly auction on Tuesday, dragged down by inferior quality leaf, despite a lower volume on offer. Bangladeshi tea fetched an average price of 188.44 taka ($ 2.80) per kg at the auction, compared wit


New Anthoney’s Farms expands to cater to growing demand

Views - 13 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:36

New Anthoney’s Farms has stepped up on a major expansion strategy which will allow the company to enhance its products offered and significantly increase its present capacity in all its operations, ranging from incubation and hatchery, farming thro


A right Royal debacle – Part 2

Views - 137 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:15

Acceptance on the fundamentals of becoming organised and creating a co-operative/public company structure by the farming community. This will necessitate developing leadership and support for the organisations


A right Royal debacle – Part 1

Views - 263 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

Yahapalanaya has moved from Royal debacles to a right Royal debacle, soundly defeated by the former presidents’ party SLPP


India lifts export curbs on onions as prices plunge

Views - 15 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): India will allow unrestricted export of onions, the Indian government said in an order on 2 February, as prices of the politically-sensitive vegetable fell over a third in a month.


EU well placed to compete in oversupplied sugar market: Tereos

Views - 13 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): The European Union is well place to remain a net sugar exporter over the medium term as its production costs are more competitive


Bangladesh to scrap planned rice imports from Thailand

Views - 11 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

Dhaka (Reuters): Bangladesh will scrap a plan to import 150,000 tons of rice from Thailand, agreed at $465 a ton in October, said the head of the state grains buyer.


Overview of tea industry in 2017

Views - 570 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan tea industry witnessed a favourable year with an increase in production, and averages reached all-time high levels which was portentous to the industry


Southeast Asia a ‘hotspot’ for antibiotic abuse, FAO official says

Views - 11 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

BANGKOK (Reuters): Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food is rife in Southeast Asia, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said on Wednesday, warning of serious risks for people and animals as bacterial infections become more resistan


Ensuring food security in Sri Lanka: INSSSL Threat Lens

Views - 29 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

The Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) hosted a ‘Threat Lens’ roundtable discussion on the topic of ‘Meeting the Challenges and Ensuring Food Security in Sri Lanka’ on 23 January at the Ministry of Defence. The program


Reservoir sedimentation is on the rise with climate change

Views - 122 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

Climate change has posed many threats to the world and these threats seem to be increasing gradually. Increased frequency of floods and droughts, rising atmospheric temperatures, rise in sea level due to glaciers melting are widely accepted as real c


All-time record price for Suduwelipothahena CTC tea

Views - 22 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Galpaditenne Tea Factory situated in Lellopitiya, Ratnapura, established an ‘all-time record’ price at the weekly tea auction of 30


Hingalgoda Tea Factory re-establishes all-time record price

Views - 11 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Hingalgoda Tea Factory situated in Hiniduma – Galle re-established an all-time record price at the weekly tea auctions held on 30 January.


Good demand at Tea auctions this week

Views - 29 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

The fifth sale of the year concluded on Tuesday had on offer a total of 7.2M/Kgs. There was good demand. Ex-Estate


Pakistani wheat sold for export under state incentives

Views - 7 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

HAMBURG (Reuters): Pakistani wheat has been sold to overseas buyers after the country started a new state export incentive program, European traders said on Wednesday.


Fonterra Sri Lanka’s Vidya Sivaraja steps up to lead dairy co-op’s Malaysia and Singapore business

Views - 668 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

Vidya Sivaraja is not just about challenging boundaries – she has unequivocally shattered them. Currently Fonterra Sri Lanka’s General Manager of Marketing, Vidya was recently appointed Managing Director of the Malaysia and Singapore business, e


Empire Teas wins two National Tea Awards

Views - 71 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

Empire Teas, the premier tea exporter ranked among the top three in the country, added two further laurels to its name at the recently concluded National Tea Awards organised by the Sri Lanka Tea Board. Having closed out a successful year, Empire Tea


Wheat hits near 4-month top on US weather woes

Views - 19 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Chicago wheat rose for a fourth consecutive session on Monday to its highest since early October with prices buoyed by concerns over dry weather curbing US winter crop output. Soybeans rose 1.2%, recouping last session’s declin


‘Super’ crops and cows – Bill Gates, UK inject cash into farm science

Views - 44 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The world’s farmers took one step closer to growing “super crops” and breeding higher-yielding dairy cows as Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men, and Britain announced funding for innovative agricul


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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

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Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

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In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

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Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

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