Finding success through resilience

Views - 19 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Fewer and fewer young Sri Lankans choose to pursue dairy farming as a source of income, believing that the industry is labour-intensive, unprofitable and unattractive.

Plantations must innovate labour solutions to grow

Views - 81 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister Ravindra Samaraweera said the future of the plantation sector depends

Ceylon Tea Brokers brews best-ever results in FY18

Views - 196 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC has posted best ever results during the financial year ended on 31 March 2018, in addition completing and kicking off several key initiatives.

Dairy prices push the FAO Food Price Index up in May

Views - 12 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Global agricultural food commodity prices rose in May, with dairy prices jumping significantly. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 176.2 points during the month, up 1.2% from April.

General demand at tea auctions this week

Views - 56 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers This week’s auction volumes totalled 7.9 million kgs, marginally below last week’s quantity of 8.1 million kgs. There was fair general demand mostly at easier rates following quality. Ex-estate offerings were sim

Alma and Kelani estates establish new records

Views - 123 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Alma and Kelani estates established new record prices at the weekly tea auctions held on Tuesday (12 June). Alma estate established a new all-time record price of Rs. 840 per kg for a BOP1 grade in the Udapussellawa elevational category. This invoice

Bogawantalawa winner of Best Sustainable Product at Global Sustainable Food Awards 2018 in Amsterdam

Views - 88 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Leading the way in sustainability and causing a paradigm shift in the tea industry and the way it is viewed globally, Bogawantalawa Tea Estates triumphed amongst the world giants winning the award under the category of New Sustainable Product at the

20 actions to transforming food and agriculture

Views - 34 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

To help policy makers and other development actors accelerate progress towards global promises to end poverty and hunger, FAO has released a set of 20 inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on tackling th

Lankan industrialists off to Myanmar as part of $ 3 b rubber exports target

Views - 46 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is sending 20 industrialists from 10 manufacturers to this week’s global exposition in Myanmar for the first time as part of the country’s revived efforts to hit $ 3 b in rubber exports. “This is the first time that the Industry Minis

JICA strengthens good agriculture practices with study tour to Thailand for Govt. officials

Views - 51 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded a study visit program recently for Sri Lankan Government

Increased rice yield to support Sri Lanka’s agricultural rebound

Views - 24 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Following a series of climate-impacted yields, Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector is forecast to rebound in 2018, with stronger

Bayer takes over Monsanto in $ 63 b merger deal

Views - 37 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Frankfurt (Germany): German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said it has completed the acquisition of US-based

Asia Rice: India prices dip as Bangladesh production recovers

Views - 10 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): Rice export prices in India fell last week to their lowest this year on sluggish demand before

CIC Dairies rewards top distributor sales representatives

Views - 13 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

CIC Dairies recently recognised and rewarded their island-wide distributor sales representatives who had performed

India poised to unveil sweeteners for sugar mills, cane growers

Views - 6 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India is set to announce a slew of support measures for the sugar sector, government sources said

CIC Agro calls on policy makers to revert regulations on maize distribution

Views - 74 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

The recent budget proposal to allow the feed millers to import maize under a special limited quote has been met with resistance from CIC Agro Businesses.

New Zealand to spend $ 600 m to eradicate cattle disease

Views - 9 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

WELLINGTON (Reuters): New Zealand, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, will spend more than NZ$ 880 million ($ 610 million)

Dairy industry looks to stakeholder collaboration for progress and sustainability

Views - 58 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

The All Island Dairy Association (AIDA) recently organised a seminar on ‘Challenges in Meeting Emerging Trends in the Dairy Industry

Navin locks horns again for palm oil industry

Views - 149 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake reassured the industry stakeholders that he will fight for the 20,000 hectare approved for palm oil cultivation, insisting to follow up on the policy decision. “I will fight wit

Navin devolves rubber sector to State Minister

Views - 28 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Plantation Minister Navin Dissanayake on Friday announced that he will devolve the rubber sector, to his State Minister A.D. Champika Premadasa shortly. “I believe in devolving decision making to other people also. I have too much of duties and res

Dairy industry calls for reality check and proper regulatory framework to be implemented

Views - 74 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

The dairy industry called for a reality check and a proper regulatory framework to be implemented recently as they believe

Overview of tea industry in 1Q 2018

Views - 131 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

The 1st quarter of the Sri Lankan Tea industry saw an upward momentum with elevation averages superseding the comparative

Global tea consumption, production driven by robust demand in China and India

Views - 82 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:09

Global tea consumption and production are projected to keep rising over the next decade, driven by robust demand in developing and emerging countries.

Watawala Tea Ceylon celebrates exceptional 2017 at Annual Convention

Views - 71 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

Watawala Tea Ceylon (WTCL), the consumer arm of the diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC, honoured its outstanding achievers who have excelled during the financial year of 2017/18 at the recently-concluded WTCL Annual Sales Convention 2018.

Heavy rains restrict tea production

Views - 68 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

Asia Siyaka Commodities said persistent showers and overcast conditions have restricted production heavily in the low country.

International training for local onion farmers through KOPIA Sri Lanka

Views - 21 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

For the third consecutive year, the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Sri Lanka Centre organised

Tea auctions this week

Views - 37 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

The 20th sale of the year, which concluded yesterday, had a total of 7.93M/kg on offer.

Global warming may have ‘devastating’ effects on rice: study

Views - 33 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

TAMPA, AFP: As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin

Indian sugar producers seeking great access to China market

Views - 9 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Beijing (Reuters) - Indian sugar refiners and exporters will meet Chinese importers and processors in Beijing next month to discuss opening up market access, according to a statement on China Merchandise Reserve Management Center. The Embassy of Indi

Oasis Marketing gets 3 most important ISO certifications

Views - 20 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Oasis a company that is entrusted for quality and environmental friendly agro input supplies for the last two decades. The commitment and vision of their Managing Director Sumith De Silva along with his dedicated staff placed Oasis Marketing to the s

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Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka economy: Time for economics to prevail on politics

Monday, 25 June 2018

Sri Lanka’s official statistics bureau, Department of Census and Statistics or DCS, has released the country’s 2018 first quarter provisional economic growth data in its website (available at:

In defence of State banks – The Basel III phobia is the sword of Damocles over their heads!

Monday, 25 June 2018

Time and again over the last year, and more recently in fact, the sceptre of Basel III has raised its head in the print and electronic media.

Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Saturday, 23 June 2018

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of

Thushani takes Todos to new heights

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Thushani Rodrigo has always amazed me. From the very first day I met her, I have been in awe of her strength, courage and grace and constantly impressed by her creativity. The discipline and commitment she brings to her work, her farsightedness and h

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