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Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

Views - 214 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our closed and insular policies. Assuming an


Ellawala Horticulture bags three awards at Mahaweli Entrepreneurship Presidential Awards 2019

Views - 9 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Ellawala Horticulture Ltd, the gold award-winning entrepreneur of the Anuradhapura District in 2018, made history again by claiming three coveted awards at the Mahaweli Entrepreneurship Presidential Awards 2019 held at the BMICH recently, with former


World food prices surge in Nov., lifted by meat, vegetable oils: FAO

Views - 13 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Reuters: World food prices rose strongly in November, lifted by big jumps in prices of meat and vegetable oils, despite slightly lower cereals prices, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food p


Wattegodde Estate sets all-time record price

Views - 17 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Wattegodde Estate has established an all-time record price at this week’s tea auction held on 4 December by securing an attractive price of Rs. 1,110 per kilo for a DUST1 grade. This line of tea was purchased by M.P.C.S. Pujapitiya and marketed


Sarada de Silva to assist East African spice exporters enter EU market

Views - 33 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Respected spice exporter Sarada de Silva will assist East African spice exporters to access European Union (EU) markets under an EU-assisted project, in his capacity as Consultant to the Geneva-based International Trade Centre of the World Trade Orga


‘Golden Crop’: A multi-stakeholder industry

Views - 43 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Introduced to the island in the late 1960s, the palm oil plant hailed as the ‘Golden Crop’ has taken the world by literal storm and presents lucrative prospects to Sri Lanka. How has this newcomer threatened the ancient dominance of coconut oil


Promotion of Ceylon cinnamon in Stockholm

Views - 104 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden, in partnership with the Swedish Master Chef Carola Magnusson, organised an event under the title ‘Ceylon Cinnamon – More Than Just a Spice’ on 21 November at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. The event


All-time record price for Mount Vernon Tea Estate

Views - 145 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:05

An invoice of High Grown CTC BP1 from Mount Vernon Tea Estate situated in Dimbula – Patana, at this week’s Tea Auction recorded an All Time record price of Rs. 670. The invoice was purchased by George Steuart Teas Ltd., amidst stiff competition f


India may extend onion export ban to Feb. to cap domestic prices

Views - 28 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:02

Manchar (Reuters): India may keep a ban on onion exports until February because domestic prices have risen after the harvest of summer-sown crops, which were expected to augment supplies, was delayed and damaged by untimely rains, a government offici


English Tea Shop launches Employee Share Ownership Plan

Views - 256 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:02

Established in 2010, The ‘English Tea Shop’ (ETS) brand of Amazon Trading Ltd., brings to life its passion of doing things differently by putting people and purpose before profit. Its mantra of ‘celebrating communities from farm to cup’ has a


Dairy sector to benefit from Dutch partnership

Views - 66 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:01

A cluster of private companies and vocational education institutes in the Netherlands have formally joined forces to facilitate the establishment of a Dairy Training Centre in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Animal Science, Faculty


Asia’s food sector needs $ 800 b investment over 10 years

Views - 16 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Asia’s food and agriculture industry needs an investment of $ 800 billion over the next 10 years to meet the region’s growing food demand, a jointly produced report showed on Wednesday. Investments will unlock annual market g


Strathdon Tea Factory fetches all-time high price

Views - 133 Thursday, 21 November 2019 01:27

At this week’s Ex-Estate Tea Auction, an invoice from Strathdon Tea Factory, Hatton, secured an all-time Colombo Tea Auction record price for a CTC Medium BP1 of Rs. 690, which bettered the previous record of Rs. 670, also held by the same factory.


Tea Board Chairman steps down

Views - 151 Thursday, 21 November 2019 01:27

Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Lucille Wijewardena yesterday said he tendered his resignation to the Plantation Industries Ministry Secretary. Wijewardena was instrumental in launching the first-ever Government-sponsored global campaign in the 150 year


Dilmah wins Product of the Year in Australia

Views - 2209 Thursday, 21 November 2019 01:27

Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando accepted the prestigious Australian Consumer Award for Product of the Year for Dilmah’s Natural Infusions, last week in Sydney. The Product of the Year accepts entries every year from products from around the wor


Sri Lanka features non-traditional exports and Ceylon tea at Commonwealth Fair 2019 in London

Views - 37 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:52

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London participated in the annual Commonwealth Fair organised by the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) in association with the High Commission of Bangladesh, under the theme ‘Empower Girls for Global Peace’ a


Yunnan Green Food Promotion and Conference concludes on a high note

Views - 27 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:14

Yunnan Green Food Promotion and Conference, two events which were aimed at promoting fresh, healthy and organic green food and flowers from Yunnan Province in China, concluded in Colombo on a high note recently.


Revival of ailing pepper industry a daunting task for the two presidential candidates

Views - 89 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

By J.A.A.S. Ranasinghe The traditional pepper export market is badly hit by the over production of pepper by the pepper producing countries and the wrong economic policies of the present Government and the two main contenders of the SLPP and UNP have


Saudi Food and Drugs Authority invites Sri Lanka to expand food exports to the Kingdom

Views - 137 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim called on President/CEO of Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Professor Hisham Saad Aljadhey on 30 October to discuss the modalities in expanding th


Pothotuwa Tea Factory establishes new all-time record

Views - 71 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

The Pothotuwa Tea Factory achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 2,000 for a Low Grown OP1 grade, surpassing the previous record of Rs. 1,700, at the weekly tea auctions held on 11 and 13 October. This line of tea was purchased by Euro Scan Export


Sri Lanka Food Processors Association holds 22nd AGM

Views - 23 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Food Processors Association recently held its 22nd Annual General Meeting at the Winchester Hall of the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. Founded in 1997 as an advocacy group, the Sri Lanka Food Processors’ Association currently consists o


Hayleys Plantations wins Great HR Practices for 2nd consecutive year

Views - 28 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Leading Sri Lankan regional plantation company Hayleys Plantations continued to set new benchmarks for the domestic industry, bagging the Gold Award for Great HR Practices for the second consecutive year at the recently concluded Chartered Institute


Dirisaviya Awards caps off Crysbro’s annual farmer empowerment drive

Views - 15 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Trailblazing Sri Lankan poultry producer Crysbro once again recognised the efforts of small-scale maize and poultry businesses when it staged its annual Dirisaviya Awards over three days this month in various parts of the country. The first of the th


All-time record price for New Vithanakande OP1

Views - 29 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

The market continues to recognise the best teas on offer and stylish Low Growns attracted premium prices once again at the Colombo Tea Auction held from 11-13 November. An invoice of New Vithanakande OP1 improved its own record for this grade by ach


ADB-IRRI eye increased investments for sustainable agriculture technologies

Views - 25 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have recently completed a technical assistance project which aims to help governments identify and prioritise appropriate climate-resilient agricultural technologie


World Food Program celebrates 50 years of partnership in Sri Lanka

Views - 62 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

The UN World Food Program’s 50 years of partnership in Sri Lanka was commemorated by the Government with the release of a commemorative stamp. The event was graced by dignitaries from the Government, the UN, and other development organisations. No


Ban on tobacco cultivation: A blessing in disguise for Lankan farmers

Views - 176 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

By Manoj Thibbotuwawa and Nimesha Dissanayaka While the topic of tobacco control is mentioned in some of the main presidential candidates’ manifestos, it is uncertain whether they will honour the commitment made in 2017 to ban tobacco cultivation b


Misconception of Tea Auction and export prices

Views - 195 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:42

By Tea Exporters Association The sustainability of Ceylon Tea or the Sri Lankan tea industry depends on how efficiently and effectively it can adapt to match the changing global consumer preferences and consumption patterns. The tea industry needs t


Haycarb records turnover of Rs. 11.3 b, PBT of Rs. 844.9 m for H1 2019/20

Views - 22 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan multinational Haycarb PLC reported revenue of Rs. 11.3 billion and profit before tax of Rs. 844.9 million for the for the six months ending 30 September 2019. The profit after tax stood at Rs. 656.7 million. Haycarb PLC Managing Dire


ComBank and Hayleys Agriculture support SMEs with new leasing promo

Views - 31 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd., two leaders in their respective fields, have come together once again to offer entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector an opportunity to purchase new equipment or upgrade existing m


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Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

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Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our closed and insular policies. Assuming an


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