Worker earnings tip over Rs. 80,000 per month through revenue-shared scheme on RPC managed estates

Views - 215 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Estate workers on Regional Plantation Companies (RPC) managed estates have earned as much as Rs. 89,000 in the last month alone by working on tea fields that have been allocated to them on a revenue-share scheme. Top 20 pluckers from a hill country e

Paddy Marketing Board launches ‘PMB Rice’ brand

Views - 18 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The Paddy Marketing Board has launched an official rice brand, prepared under the trade name ‘PMB Rice’. The first pack was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena by Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday at the President’s O

Akshata distributes 10,000 kg of low-GI, non-GMO paddy seeds

Views - 18 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Akshata, in its drive to increase low-GI rice varieties that are high in antioxidants with medical properties, expanded its farmer base by eight fold, distributing 10,000 kg of paddy seed free of charge and benefitting 200 new farmers. The project w

China signs pact with India to inspect fish meal, fish oil imports

Views - 13 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India and China on Wednesday signed an agreement allowing Beijing to inspect imports of Indian fish meal and fish oil, as the two nations work out a broader trade deal following a thaw in relations this year. The decision was part o

Greece eyes pot of gold as medicinal cannabis licensed

Views - 19 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

ATHENS, REUTERS: Greece this week issued the first licences to private companies for growing medicinal cannabis in the country, part of an attempt to tap a burgeoning market worth billions. Greece legalised cannabis for medical use last year and in

NOCU organises awareness workshop on organic farming for international market prospects

Views - 31 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

NOCU organised an awareness workshop for the stakeholders engaged in organic agriculture related activities to educate them on the role of NOCU and international market prospects for organic agriculture products. The workshop was held on 29 November

Will agricultural tax cuts help agriculture?

Views - 26 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

My history textbooks told me that Sri Lanka used to be called the “Granary of the East”. In fact, that is still an oft-cited phrase when talking about Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector. But today, local agriculture faces a declining and sometimes

Avissawella Tea Factory establishes another all-time record price

Views - 41 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

Avissawella Tea Factory, though situated in the ancient Seethawaka kingdom, is the only tea factory comes under the Colombo District. This beautiful and well-organised tea factory is located in the Industrial Zone of Avissawella. Sithaka Tea Factory

Dave Group reinforces partnership with John Deere to transform agriculture industry in SL

Views - 55 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

Agricultural equipment specialists Dave Group yesterday outlined their future plans with their technologically superior American tractor brand John Deere set to introduce innovative agriculture methodologies to transform the cultivation industry of S

Mechanisation important to boost agriculture

Views - 60 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

Agriculture Ministry Development Additional Secretary I.U. Mendis yesterday insisted that it was critical for Sri Lanka to move toward mechanisation in the cultivation sector to increase productivity and production.

Sri Lanka to participate along with India at Asia’s biggest tea coffee trade show at Mumbai

Views - 71 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

With India growing leaps and bounds in the Tea and Coffee sector – both in terms of production, consumption and innovation – global companies are converging at the sixth Mumbai World Tea Coffee Expo 2018 from Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 De

Colombo Rubber Traders’ Association centennial celebration on 27 November

Views - 96 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The Colombo Rubber Traders’ Association (CRTA) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interest of Sri Lanka’s rubber industry, was inaugurated on 27 November 1918. The Association celebrates its 100th anniversary on 27 November

Tea auctions this week

Views - 102 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers Overall auction quantities totalled approximately 6.0 M/Kgs. Low Growns continued to meet with good demand, whilst High & Mid Grown Small leaf teas continued to witness downward pressure in prices following the lower

Global dairy prices fall, dragged down by whole milk powder

Views - 40 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

WELLINGTON, REUTERS: Global dairy prices dropped for the sixth time in a row at a fortnightly auction early on Wednesday as prices for a key product, whole milk powder, sank to a two-year low. The GDT Price Index dipped 2%, with an average selling p

GRI produces first ever radial agriculture tyres in Sri Lanka

Views - 38 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Radial tyres offer greater horsepower-to-ground capability, less wheel slip, reduced soil compaction and increased farm productivity. “While the exterior profile of today’s radial tractor tyres is a little different to 25-40 years ago, advances r

Nestlé opens third milk chilling centre in Mannar district

Views - 38 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Continuing its strong dairy development drive in the country, Nestlé has opened its third milk chilling centre in the Mannar district, in the north-western town of Madhu. The chilled storage facilities are vital in a tropical climate, as it offers

Global food prices dip in October: FAO

Views - 29 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:08

HNB partners with SLWP to commence rainwater harvesting for 6 schools in Hatton

Views - 26 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:07

Furthering its mission to serve as a partner in progress to all Sri Lankans, leading local bank, HNB PLC announced that it would be working in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP) to introduce rainwater harvesting tanks to six sc

Doombagastalawa achieves all-time record

Views - 35 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:07

Doombagastalawa Estate, situated in the Nawalapitiya/Kothmale agro-climatic sub district, achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 900 per kg for a BOPSP grade in the Western Medium category at the weekly tea auctions held on 30 October. This line of

Indian tea exporters cheer exemption from American sanctions on Iran

Views - 121 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:06

Tea producers and exporters, after a dip in tea prices of more than 7%, anticipate a rebound in demand for the orthodox tea variant as well as price recovery for exports to Iran after the US decided to exempt India from trade sanctions on the West As

Kirklees Estate amongst record books at Colombo Tea Auctions

Views - 45 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:23

At the Colombo Tea Auction held on 23 October, Kirklees Estate had the proud distinction of establishing an All Time Record Price of Rs. 740 for a BOP grade, in the Uda Pussellawa category. This line of tea was purchased by M/s. Heritage Teas Ltd. Ki

Mitra Innovation engages in talks with VCCI to contribute to development of AgriTECH in Vietnam

Views - 42 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:23

British trade delegates and founders of Mitra Innovation – Dammika Ganegama, Managing Director of Mitra Innovation and Vice President Sri Lanka Australia Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Ashok Suppiah, CEO Mitra Innovation and ex-founding member of $ 1

Dialog and Universities of Ruhuna and Moratuwa spearhead next-gen solutions for smallholder farmers

Views - 56 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:23

In a combined effort to provide Sri Lankan smallholder farmers with an affordable solution for protecting crop yields from adverse weather and other negative conditions, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has partnered wi

Samagi Spice Exports wins Presidential Export Award

Views - 55 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:22

The market leader in exporting cinnamon, Samagi Spice Exports Ltd. excelled at the Presidential Export Awards 2018, organised by the Export Development Board (EDB), by bagging an Export Excellence Presidential Award as the ‘Highest Foreign Exchange

Nayapane Estate establishes All Time Record Price

Views - 31 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:22

Nayapane Estate, situated in Pussellawa, has established an All Time Record Price of Rs. 1050 per kg for a liquoring BOP grade in the Western Medium Category at the Tea Auctions concluded this week. Nayapane has consistently produced teas of good

Chickens and eggs: Retailer Carrefour adopts blockchain to track fresh produce

Views - 23 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour SA has adopted blockchain ledger technology to track and trace chicken, eggs and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores, and will deploy it across all of its fresh product lines in coming

Harnessing the power of livestock to drive sustainable development

Views - 22 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Rome: A new FAO report highlights the multiple contributions made by the global livestock sector — especially to the lives of millions of poor, animal-dependent small-scale producers in developing countries — but also says that changes in policie

An alternative use of cow manure

Views - 23 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Across the developing world but especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, rural villages and remote areas often lack direct connections to national electricity grids, locking them in poverty and underdevelopment. But increasing numbers of c

Indian state Sikkim shines; receives FAO award for becoming world’s first organic state

Views - 23 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan K.Chamling this weekreceived the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) prestigious Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan state for setting an example to

Record price for Deerwood Tea Factory

Views - 40 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Deerwood Tea Factory, one of Ceylon’s premier garden marks specialising in producing high quality low grown orthodox teas, achieved an all-time record price on a ‘Pekoe1’ grade of Rs. 1,110 per kg at this week’s tea auction in the Low grown e

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Monday, 10 December 2018

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Sri Lanka needs its own leaders

Monday, 10 December 2018

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Monday, 10 December 2018

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Monday, 10 December 2018

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