Agriculture

Excellent performance by Hingalgoda Tea Factory

Views - 0 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Situated in the hills of Hiniduma in the sub-district of Galle, Hingalgoda Factory established three all-time record prices at the weekly tea auctions held on 22 November.


India sets curbs on onion exports as prices surge

Views - 0 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): India set a minimum price of $850 per ton for overseas sale of onions, a government order said on Thursday


Bangladesh tea prices rise on winter demand

Views - 0 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Dhaka (Reuters): Tea prices in Bangladesh rose 2.5% at the weekly auction due to strong winter demand, despite there being a higher volume on offer.


Branding Ceylon Tea: Getting the flavour right

Views - 69 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

There is need for greater cooperation and unity amongst all stakeholders in Sri Lanka’s tea trade, and for government and regulators to support the industry’s strong fundamentals to secure the future of Ceylon Tea, says Sanje Widyaratne, Chairman


State Minister pledges to make fisheries industry 3rd biggest foreign exchange earner

Views - 17 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says making the blue economy a reality


Sri Lanka participates at the World Tea & Coffee Expo 2017

Views - 34 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

The fifth edition of the World Tea & Coffee Expo was held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, from 16-18 November 2017.


Ceylon Tea: go back to basics

Views - 285 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

During the last couple of weeks the banter between a brand owner for Tea and the Tea Exporters Association was very interesting. Ultimately the editor of the said newspaper mentioned that no more correspondence would be


Tropical fruit trade set to reach new peak in 2017: UN FAO

Views - 26 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

ROME (Reuters): Global trade in avocados, mangos, pineapple and papaya is set to reach a new peak in 2017 though climate change threatens the output of tropical fruit in many growing regions, the United Nations food agency (FAO) said last week.


Carolina Estate sets all-time record price

Views - 20 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Carolina Estate, managed by Hatton Plantations Ltd. established an all-time record price of Rs. 840 for a line of CTC Medium Grown PF1 grade at this week’s tea auction held on 8 November.


Weedkiller glyphosate, controversial but still most used

Views - 23 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

AFP: It is the most popular weedkiller in the world but concerns about the toxicity of glyphosate have led to growing demands for restrictions.


Ceylon Tea Promotion at Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario

Views - 47 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Ceylon Tea was promoted at a ‘Tea Festival’ organised by the Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington, Ontario, in partnership with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto and the Tea Association of Canada, held on 4-5 November at the Royal Bot


CropLife Sri Lanka addresses issues facing agriculture, calls for end to glyphosate ban

Views - 243 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

CropLife Sri Lanka, with a membership consisting of 30 companies, representing the crop protection industry in the country, is part of a global initiative to ensure the sustainability of agriculture.


Indian rice starts moving in Sri Lanka, no more fears of shortages

Views - 33 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

The first batch of low-priced rice out of the huge 100,000 MT Indian rice tranche has been offloaded and is now moving within the Sri Lankan retail market, ending any supply fears.


Research on milk production and beef consumption finds Sri Lanka does not have well-organised dairy

Views - 70 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

The Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s Office has conducted a research study on the present status of milk production and beef consumption in Sri Lanka.


Another double for Pedro Estate

Views - 33 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

Pedro Estate situated in Nuwara Eliya established all-time record prices at this week’s tea auction held on 1 November by obtaining Rs. 940 for BOP and Rs. 980 for BOPFs grades selling under the ‘Lovers Leap’ mark


Mahagastotte and Alma estates establish new records!

Views - 27 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

Mahagastotte and Alma estates surpass their own record prices and establish new record prices at the weekly tea auctions held on 31 October.


Climate change-fuelled drought drives Sri Lanka’s farmers to cities

Views - 54 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

Thomson Reuters Foundation: When Siri Hettige, a sociology professor at Colombo University, conducts surveys of young people across Sri Lanka, he never fails to ask one key question: Does anybody want to become a farmer?


Sri Lanka agrees to intensify fruitful partnership with International Rice Research Institute

Views - 25 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which has a long history of fruitful partnerships in rice and rice based farming systems, research and training agreed to establish a host country IRRI Centre in Sri Lanka.


Concordia establishes all-time record price

Views - 36 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Concordia Estate Kandapola, achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 900 per kg for an invoice of BOPF in the category ‘Nuwara Eliya’ teas, at the weekly tea auction conducted on 25 October. This line of tea was purchased by Uniworld Teas. Concor


Double for Pedro Estate

Views - 94 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Pedro Estate situated in Nuwara Eliya established all-time record prices at this week’s tea auction held on 25 October by obtaining Rs. 900 for BOP and BOPFs grades selling under the ‘Lovers Leap’ mark. Pedro Estate is renowned for producing


Navin visits Israel for new technology

Views - 64 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Minister of Plantation Industry Navin Dissanayake visited the WATEC exhibition in Israel recently. The visit focused on finding new and practical technology solutions to support the plantation industry even during drought seasons to ensure a plentifu


200,000 MT int’l rice tender closes

Views - 31 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

The international rice tender recently floated by Sri Lanka for global procurement will close at 2.00 p.m. today. Meanwhile, 17,000 MT of parboiled rice from India is already in the local marketplace and is now being sold through Lanka Sathosa outle


President calls for dynamic plan to increase agricultural exports

Views - 39 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out the need of a dynamic plan to increase the agricultural exports, while endorsing quantitative and qualitative standards of the agricultural crops. He made these remarks addressing the 45th Annual Session of


Lalin I. De Silva felicitated for outstanding contribution

Views - 63 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Lalin I. De Silva received an award from Speaker Karu Jayasooriya for his untiring efforts and outstanding contribution to the plantation industry and to the Ceylon Planters Society at its 81st Annual General Meeting


Capital Maharaja reaps benefits of implementing SAP in tea industry

Views - 40 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

After implementing SAP, the world’s premier Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tool, across its group of companies in 2012, The Capital Maharaja Organisation Ltd. recently became the first to implement SAP within the tea industry. Six months since


‘Tea Tweak 2020’: Addressing challenges and opportunities of Sri Lanka’s tea industry

Views - 66 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

The Tea Exporters Association held their Annual General Meeting under the theme ‘Tea Tweak 2020’ at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo recently. Many dignitaries representing the tea industry and related sectors attended the occasion which was held under th


Enrich Tea and Food Exports wins NCE Gold Award and 2 Silver Awards

Views - 34 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00

Enrich Tea and Food Exports Ltd., one of the leading tea and food exporters in Sri Lanka, bagged three coveted awards at the NCE Export Excellence Award ceremony 2017 organised by National Chamber of Exporters.


China super hybrid rice output sets new world record

Views - 38 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00

People’s Daily: A new type of Chinese super hybrid rice – Xiangliangyou 900 – has reached average yields of 1,149 kilograms per mu (about 0.07 hectares) on trial fields in Handan, north China’s Hebei province on October 15, setting a new worl


Ford brings innovative agriculture to residents in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu as part of Conservatio

Views - 23 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00

Ford Motor Company and its local distribution partner, Future Automobiles Ltd., in collaboration with Japan Emergency NGO (JEN) has successfully completed three innovative agricultural projects which directly benefits over 50 families in Colombo’s


Global Pepper Conference kicks off in Sri Lanka on 30 October

Views - 109 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00

The Global Pepper Conference organised jointly by the Primary Industries Ministry, the Export Agriculture Department of Sri Lanka and the International Pepper Community will hold its 45th annual session from 30 October to 2 November at the Earl’s R


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Can President Sirisena save the SLFP-MS?

Friday, 24 November 2017

Will the Local Government election prove to be the “great fall” of the Humpty-Dumpty coalition, or will all the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men be able to put Yahapalana Humpty together again?


Celebrating top business performance

Friday, 24 November 2017

On Monday, awards to the top rankers of Business Today Top 30 – Best Banks and Companies were presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The annual Business Today awards ceremony organised by Business


Ceylon Tea: Time to take the spots off the lion?

Friday, 24 November 2017

It has been made known that the Sri Lanka Tea Board is now finalising plans to embark on an ambitious international promotional program to promote the tea produced in our country. We have no information available


Budget 2018: Will it help realise goals and targets of Vision 2025?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Budget 2018, besides being a budget for the forthcoming year, is another declaration of policies and plans of the Government in power. Goals The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) approved by the UN have been accepted as the goals of Budget 201


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