Singer launches John Deere 4WD tractors to Sri Lankan market

Views - 18 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

Singer Sri Lanka PLC, a household name in consumer durables and diversified company in Sri Lanka, launched three 4WD tractor models from the world-renowned USA-based brand John Deere. The launch was held ceremonially at The View, Waters Edge recently

Dialog welcomes Hutch to Sri Lanka’s largest mAgri service ‘Govi Mithuru’ platform

Views - 12 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC partnered Hutchison Telecommunications to onboard Hutch subscribers to Dialog’s ground-breaking ‘Govi Mithuru’ platform (‘Uzhavar Thozhan’ in Tamil), Sri Lanka’s first and largest mAgri service. Govi Mithuru, in line wi

EDB-assisted SME Pavilion at Profood/Propack & Agbiz Exhibition 2019

Views - 9 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is implementing a national program to nurture 2,000 new entrepreneurs to become exporters during the period 2017-2022 at regional level. The main objective of this program is to encourage domestic enterpri

Singer ties up with Vietnam’s SVEAM as sole agent for VIKYNO Agro Machinery in Sri Lanka

Views - 31 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Singer Sri Lanka recently signed a trade agreement with the SVEAM Company of Vietnam as the sole agent in Sri Lanka for agriculture industry equipment, including VIKYNO two-wheeler and mini-tiller. Singer Sri Lanka has been a leading company introduc

AMW launches ‘New Holland Excel’ tractor

Views - 21 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

The brand, ‘New Holland Excel 4710’, extremely suitable, both for the land and the field, was recently introduced to the customers. This model represents a mixture of the power of American technology and the unchanging trust AMW, enjoys among the

Top natural rubber producers ending export curbs

Views - 42 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

BANGKOK (REUTERS): The world’s top producers of natural rubber are not extending curbs on exports of the commodity, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday. The International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC), which comprise

Malaysian rubber products delegation meets Navin

Views - 16 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

A delegation of natural rubber products manufacturers from Malaysia called on Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake recently. The meeting was on the sidelines of the delegation members’ participation at the sixth edition of COMPLAST (Com

Apex body of tea industry celebrates 125th anniversary

Views - 103 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association, the apex body of the country’s tea industry, recently celebrated its quasquicentennial on a grand scale. A workshop to present the ‘Ceylon Tea Road Map 2030’, compiled in collaboration with the stakeholde

Has the plantation industry misunderstood innovativeness?

Views - 310 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:15

The Sri Lankan plantation industry is 150 years old, highly traditional and labour intensive, its innovativeness seems to be a far cry. With the passage of time, at various points, different opportunities were available in Sri Lanka to enhance its ec

Malaysia could replace Indonesia as top palm oil supplier to India

Views - 66 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): Malaysia is set to replace Indonesia as the top palm oil supplier to India in 2019 as New Delhi has been charging lower import tax on refined palm oil shipments from Malaysia, giving Kuala Lumpur an edge over Jakarta, trade official

Profood, Propack and Ag-biz 2019 kicks off tomorrow

Views - 37 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Pro Food, Pro Pack & Ag-biz 2019, Sri Lanka’s only comprehensive food, agriculture and packaging exhibition, will be held from 2-4 August for the 18th consecutive year at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Hall. The exhibition is organi

Palm oil prices likely to recover in H2 2019

Views - 43 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): Palm oil prices are likely to recover in the second half of 2019, helped by a slowdown in production growth and rising demand from the biodiesel industry, leading industry analyst Thomas Mielke said on Tuesday. “The combination o

ADB, IRRI convene 3-country policy workshops on scaling up climate-smart practices

Views - 38 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in partnership with the national research and extension systems (NARES) of Bangladesh, Nepal and Cambodia convened consultative workshops in the three countries ai

CropLife Asia calls on region’s stakeholders to work together to address ‘unacceptable’ food crisis

Views - 26 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (ACN Newswire): With the release of the 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World by the United Nations (UN), new data has come to light indicating hunger, undernourishment and obesity are at critical levels globally and throug

Pan Asia Bank extends green lending and export avenues to papaya cultivators of Ambalanthota

Views - 52 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Pan Asia Bank,with its island-wide network of 85 branches, has been working closely with the agriculture sector in recognition of the significant contribution made by this community, which is engaged in agriculture and related businesses, to the grow

Visma Organic awarded platinum at Business World International Awards

Views - 47 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Visma Organic Ltd., one of the leading coconut shell carbonisation companies located in Sangattikulama Anamaduwa, won the platinum in Agriculture Export at the recently-concluded Business World International Awards held at Taj Hotel Colombo. Visma O

Elephant House enhances ginger extraction capacity boosting farmer livelihoods

Views - 61 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

For approximately 600 ginger farmers in the Hatharaliyadda, Marathugoda, Poojapitiya, Haguranketha, Gampola, Gampaha, Galle, Colombo and Kurunegala regions, Elephant House is their closest business partner. As the renowned brand of Ceylon Cold Stores

PA warns of irreversible damage to SL oil palm industry if seedling crisis not resolved in 3 months

Views - 395 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) on Wednesday sounded the alarm on the escalating Rs. 500 million oil palm seedling crisis, warning of dire and irreversible damage to the industry within the next three months if definitive action is not tak

Tea Board to supply 15 m nursery plants to cover 1,000 hectares by 1Q 2020

Views - 108 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The Government has begun an initiative to supply 15 million quality nursery plants to tea smallholders, to cover an area of 1,000 hectares by first half of North-East monsoon by 2020, in a bid to increase tea production. Plantat

Tea promotion levy to be split equally between promotions and replanting: Navin

Views - 90 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

By Chathuri Dissanayake The Government has decided to allocate 50% of the tea promotion and marketing levy to fund replanting, while the rest is to be allocated for promotional activities, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said. “

MOD showcases best management practices

Views - 114 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:46

Market-Oriented Dairy (MOD) Project held its inaugural Dairy Enterprise Day on 12 July to showcase dairy management best practices, recognise and encourage progressive dairy farmers and....

Rain water harvesting brings relief to four drought and flood prone districts

Views - 152 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:43

Life has changed for those from Kilinochchi, Badulla, Moneragala and Batticaloa thanks to the water harvesting project of the Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) which is nearing completion.

Maharashtra plans cloud-seeding as 24 of 36 districts face severe rain deficit

Views - 35 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:35

The Hindu Business Line: With 24 out of 36 districts in Maharashtra facing deficient monsoon and the situation worsening in the drought-hit Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, the State government has decided to go for cloud seeding.

Hayleys Agriculture provides practical training to AL teachers on bio systems technology

Views - 68 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Hayleys Agriculture together with the National Institute of Education conducted two programs yet again in May and June to share best global practices and new technologies in Agriculture with A/Level science teachers. The two residential workshops we

Fonterra’s world-leading traceability system a first for Sri Lanka

Views - 109 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

People around the world now more than ever want to know where their food comes from and how safely it is made. Reflecting this, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization established the first-ever World Food Safety Day on 7 June. Through a

FAO Food Price Index steady in June

Views - 41 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Global food prices declined marginally in June, as lower prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset a significant jump in maize quotations, and are now very close to their level of a year ago, according to a report by the Food and A

Plantations mafia and political path of workers’ struggle

Views - 166 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

By a Special Correspondent In an earlier account published by Daily FT (, we exposed the vested interests of Planters’ Association’

Planters’ Association of Ceylon’s right of reply

Views - 207 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) wishes to draw attention to the repetitive and terminal flaws advanced in two articles published in the Daily Financial Times which were authored anonymously and headlined: ‘Mendacious propaganda against w

1Q tea industry performance

Views - 228 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:36

By Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC The 1st quarter of the Sri Lankan Tea industry saw a downward momentum, with elevation averages decreasing to the comparative period in 2018. Tea production saw a decrease in the period of review whilst exports witnessed a m

Widespread and better demand throughout Colombo Tea Auction

Views - 82 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:35

By John Keells PLC With the improvement of quality, there was widespread and better demand throughout the Colombo Auction. It was encouraging to witness buyer support for the better teas on offer which also had a positive impact on the below best and

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