Innovative fund makes investing in smallholder farmers attractive, delivering ESG impact

Views - 30 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative – in coalition with Unilever, Jacobs DE, Mondelez and Rabobank – on Tuesday in Davos launched the world’s biggest-ever impact fund for smallholder farmers finance. Starting with 100 million euros, the IDH F

Workshop on climate action, SDGs, sustainable consumption and production in livestock sector tomorrow

Views - 8 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

The SLYCAN Trust on Friday, 24 January will conduct a workshop to better understand Sri Lanka’s livestock sector and the nexus of sustainable consumption and production (SCP), climate change, and sustainable development. The multi-stakeholder cons

Uruwala Tea Factory wins Gold for Entrepreneurship Excellence

Views - 10 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

Devapriya Wanigasekara, Director, Uruwala Tea Factory Ltd., was the proud recipient of the Gold Award in value added products category at Southern Province Entrepreneurship Excellence – 2019. The prestigious annual event was organised by National E

Plantation industry pioneer H.L. de Mel & Company celebrates 150th anniversary

Views - 15 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

H.L. de Mel & Company Ltd. on 4 January marked its historic 150th anniversary having been founded in 1870. The company’s management, staff, lawyers, auditors, coconut brokers and former tenants attended the anniversary celebrations held at the 8 D

Minister Pathirana takes up issues with Regional Plantation Companies

Views - 224 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:25

Minister of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Ramesh Pathirana met with representatives of the Regional Plantation Companies and Planters’ Association recently to discuss several issues being faced by the industry. The meeting was held a

Government plans purchase of 370,000 MT of paddy

Views - 15 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:23

The Government plans to purchase and place in storage nearly 370,000 MT of paddy from the anticipated harvest, with the aim of converting 65% of the stock into rice which will be released to the market. The Paddy Purchasing Board (PPB) and the Depar

Support for tea factory owners

Views - 50 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:23

Minister of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Ramesh Pathirana met with representatives of the Tea Factory Owners’ Association recently to discuss various issues being faced by the Association’s members. The meeting was held at the Min

China issues biosafety certificates for domestic GM corn, soybean traits

Views - 13 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:23

Beijing (Reuters): China’s agriculture ministry issued biosafety certificates on Tuesday for domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) corn and soybean traits, moving closer to commercialisation of GM grain production in the world’s top marke

Sri Lankan sustainable oil palm producers to target growing opportunities in 1H2020

Views - 79 Monday, 20 January 2020 03:04

International market conditions are anticipated to generate extremely lucrative opportunities for Sri Lanka’s sustainable oil producers through the first half of 2020 (1H2020). According to the most recent data obtained by the Planters’ Associat

Sri Lankan pavilion opens at world’s largest agricultural trade fair

Views - 58 Monday, 20 January 2020 03:02

In the presence of the EU-Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski and the Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Mueller, German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner, Sri Lanka State Minister of Agriculture Vidura Wickramanayake and Chief Delega

Hayleys Plantations wins big at National Business Excellence Awards 2019

Views - 53 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:57

Kelani Valley Plantations PLC (KVPL) consolidated its reputation as one of Sri Lanka’s most respected plantation crop producers when it was presented the Gold Award for Overall Excellence at the National Business Excellence Awards 2019.  The secon

Tea Board warns stern action against factories contaminating purity of Ceylon Tea

Views - 337 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tea Board yesterday warned stern action against those engaged in contaminating the purity of Ceylon Tea, who run the risk of being suspended from doing business for three months. “Extreme measures will be taken on factories engaged in

Postharvest technology – JASTECA study tour to Thailand

Views - 32 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

Postharvest technology contributes an inter-disciplinary science and techniques applied to agricultural produce after harvest for its protection, preservation, conservation, processing, packaging, distribution, marketing and utilisation to meet the f

Himara Tea Factory establishes all-time record price

Views - 31 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

Himara Tea Factory situated in Mandalapura, managed by W.G Sunil, achieved an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 6 January, by securing an attractive price of Rs. 1,300 per kg for OPA grade in the Low Grown category. The teas were pur

Hayleys Plantations companies share Gold at CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards 2019

Views - 66 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

Raising the bar in responsible reporting, Hayleys Plantations once again dominated the recently-concluded CA Sri Lanka’s 55th Annual Report Awards, when two major regional plantation companies of the Group brought home the Gold Award in the Plantat

FAO welcomes global recognition of fruits, vegetables, tea and food loss and waste

Views - 135 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has welcomed the recent decision by the United Nations to create two new international days and one international year devoted to issues directly related to food and agriculture. The UN General Assembly ado

Expanding and innovating without fear: Dairy entrepreneur Shantha reveals his story

Views - 53 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:25

Sri Lanka’s smallholder dairy farmers are at the heart of the local dairy industry, which has always been a part of the nation’s rural economy. Shantha Kallora is a successful 44-year-old dairy entrepreneur from Doluwa and father of two daughter

Ariya introduces highest quality Australian milk to Sri Lanka

Views - 38 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:23

Ariya Milk Products Ltd., a dairy company set up by veteran media personality and entrepreneur Deshamanya Deshabandu Ariyasiri Vitanage and Deshabandu Deshamanya D.L Weerasuriya, recently introduced the highest quality dairy milk to the Sri Lanka con

Bairaha awards foreign trips to best performers in breeding farms for year 2018/2019

Views - 30 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:23

Bairaha Farms PLC, the pioneer poultry integrator in Sri Lanka has recently selected two of its employees as the best performers in the year 2018/2019 since they achieved best performance and productivity compared to other farms in the Group. Accordi

ComBank empowers female farmers in Wellawaya with Financial Literacy seminar

Views - 19 Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:20

The latest Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship Development Programme of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon focused on empowering women in Handapanagala, Wellawaya, when the bank in collaboration with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka conducted a seminar f

The Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka receives Web of Science Group inclusion

Views - 44 Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:18

By Harsha Udayakantha Peiris The Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka (JAS-SL) published by the Sabaragamuwa University has received the inclusion of the Master Journal List of the Web of Science Group under Agricultural Sciences/Agricult

Embassy of Sri Lanka promotes Ceylon Tea in Berlin

Views - 81 Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:17

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin organised a tea corner as part of its tea promotional program in 2019, in ‘Das Schloss’, one of the most attracted shopping malls in Stieglitz, Berlin, on 23 November. The mall is one of the top destinations for

China approves two GM crops from US for import, renews 10 others

Views - 20 Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:15

BEIJING (Reuters): China approved two new genetically modified (GM) crops for import on Monday that could boost agricultural purchases from the United States, while renewing permits for 10 others, the agriculture ministry said. The move comes after B

Kenya tea producers turn over a new leaf as prices stumble

Views - 143 Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:15

NYERI, AFP: In a humming factory in Kenya’s highlands, tea is hand-plucked from the fields, cured and shredded into the fine leaves that have sated drinkers from London to Lahore for generations. But Kenya’s prized black tea isn’t fetching the

Tea industry’s performance in 2019 and prospects for 2020

Views - 239 Wednesday, 1 January 2020 00:00

Year 2019 began with a lot of uncertainty from a Sri Lankan tea industry perspective due to the suspension of Russian tea exports, shipments to Japan and the EU being constrained with MRL issues, US sanctions on Iran and internal conflicts in the Mid

Ask a different question

Views - 406 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

Quite unexpectedly I had the opportunity to lead the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission for three years. Perhaps I am the only commissioner to have led the SLIC who does not possess a patent. However these three years gave me the opportunity to interact

SANASA Insurance partners GIZ to launch insurance app for local farmers

Views - 73 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

SANASA Insurance Company Ltd. has partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to launch iFarm, a simple and secure online insurance platform to support the local farming community. The SANASA iFarm application

Myanmar Government donates 15,000 teak seeds to Sri Lanka

Views - 27 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

Acceding to the requested of the Sri Lankan Government at the third session of the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between Sri Lanka and Myanmar, held in April 2019, Myanmar donated 15,000 teak seeds for the purpose of developing Sri Lanka

Philippines approves Golden Rice for direct use in food, feed and processing

Views - 38 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

After rigorous biosafety assessment, Golden Rice “has been found to be as safe as conventional rice”, the Philippine Department of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry stated. The biosafety permit, addressed to the Philippine Rice Research Insti

What is Golden Rice?

Views - 45 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

Golden Rice is a new type of rice that contains beta-carotene (provitamin A), which is converted into vitamin A as needed by the body and gives the grain its golden color. It is developed through genetic engineering and produces two new enzymes that

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Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear

Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Thursday, 23 January 2020

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli

Sri Lanka at tipping point ?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in trouble with the economy growing at +2.6%, exports declining for the fifth month in a row to register a marginal +1% growth, tourism declining by -20% and S&P credit rating at B with Negative Outlook, which sure ind

The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and

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