IRRI, WorldFish, and IWMI commit to a food system transformation in Southeast Asia

Views - 27 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:36

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), WorldFish, and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) yesterday signed a five-year tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement provides a framework for cooperation on rese

Thomson Reuters Foundation response to The Planters’ Association of Ceylon

Views - 443 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:36

Thomson Reuters Foundation responded to The Planters’ Association of Ceylon statement published on Friday 5 April that claimed that Thomson Reuters Foundation’s expose on labour abuses on tea estates were false. Following is the response from Ki

Coconut Grower’s Association of Sri Lanka AGM raises concerns about the industry

Views - 30 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:06

The Annual General Meeting of the Coconut Grower’s Association of Sri Lanka (Gampaha Branch) was held recently. The Association once again raised concerns over the unrestricted import of palm oil which was adversely affecting the coconut industry w

Royal Cashews conferred international ISO 14001: 2015 EMS certification

Views - 11 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:06

Royal Cashews (Royal Food Marketing Ltd.), which is Sri Lanka’s first and foremost cashew processing company, was conferred with the international ISO 14001:2015 EMS (Environmental Management Standard) certification. This international certificatio

Fall Armyworm does not spell end of local agriculture, sustainable simple solutions abound

Views - 317 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

The breakout of Fall Armyworm in Sri Lanka wreaked panic amongst agricultural communities all over the island, however UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Plant Production and Protection Division Fall Armyworm Principal Technical Coordinator A

Challenging times for Ceylon Tea

Views - 308 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

The Tea Exporters Association (TEA) organised a seminar on the theme of ‘Challenging Times for Ceylon Tea’ last week at the auditorium of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The event was attended by Members of Parliament, senior officials of Ministry of

PA responds to Reuters ‘expose’ on allegations of labour abuse in the RPC sector

Views - 135 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) wishes to draw the general public’s attention to serious factual misrepresentations and inaccuracies initially published by Thomson Reuters Foundation and authored by freelance journalist, Lisa Fuller in h

India partners for first ever Temperature Controlled Cold Storage facility for perishables in Dambulla

Views - 274 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

The construction of the first Temperature and Humidity Controlled Warehouse Complex for Perishables in Sri Lanka with a capacity of 5000 metric tons capable of storing the excess harvest of vegetables and fruits was initiated by Economic Reforms and

SLAMERP Chairman speaks at International Rubber Study Group, Industry Panel in Singapore

Views - 38 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

SLAMERP Chairman and Managing Director of Global Rubber Industries Ltd. (GRI), Prabhash Subasinghe spoke at the International Rubber Study Group, Industry Panel in Singapore on 20 March. SLAMERP is an association created in 1985, to represent the ma

Colombo to host Global Spice Road Symposium 2019 in July

Views - 148 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

The GSRS 2019 will arise itself as a steam rolled platform for all local and global stakeholders to collaboratively initiate a significant revamp in the spice industry. The Global Spice Road Symposium invites small, medium and large-scale entrepreneu

Celebrating excellence at every level: Hayleys Plantations hosts inaugural staff awards gala

Views - 181 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked plantation group, Hayleys Plantations, hosted its inaugural Annual Staff Recognition ceremony to felicitate and celebrate the outstanding achievements of its 24,000 strong team of employees across Talawakelle Tea Estates

Bogawantalawa Tea set to become world’s first Climate Positive plantation company

Views - 674 Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:33

After becoming the first company in the world to secure Uncompensated Carbon Neutral certification for its tea growing, manufacturing and marketing processes, Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC (BTE) is now setting its sights on even loftier environmental

Tea label giants vow probe after Sri Lanka labour abuse exposé

Views - 80 Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:32

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups after an exposé found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unabl

Asia prepares for crop battle with Fall Armyworm

Views - 26 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Bangkok, Thailand: An insect that can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of maize fields, literally overnight, is sweeping across Asia – alarming smallholder farmers and threatening livelihoods – but the damage can be limited, the UN’s Food

Sri Lanka Tea Board sponsors Tea Masters Cup at Coffee & Tea Russian Expo in Moscow

Views - 64 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Moscow last week hosted one of the largest events in the tea and coffee industry in Russia and CIS countries, Coffee & Tea Russian Expo (CTRE). It represents the whole production chain from bean and leaf to cup. The event unites key players and repr

China to enhance agricultural cooperation with Sri Lanka

Views - 30 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China Dr. Qu Dongyu met with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku at the Sri Lanka Embassy Beijing recently with a view to enhancing cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of agricu

Cinnamon Legends opens another signature showroom in Mount Lavinia

Views - 60 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Legends opened a new signature showroom in Mount Lavinia to cater the increasing demand for value added Ceylon Cinnamon and other spiced products locally and internationally. The Chief Guest of the event was Minister of Social Empowerment D

Bamboo can strengthen and diversify the incomes of smallholder farmers: IPS

Views - 84 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

Bamboo has the potential to revamp the agricultural sector of Sri Lanka by strengthening and diversifying the incomes of smallholder farmers, an agricultural economist pointed out recently. Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) Research Fel

Sarnia Estate establishes all-time record price

Views - 136 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

Sarnia Estate, situated in the Badulla/Hali Ela sub-district of the Uva Planting District, achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 860 per kg for a BOPSp grade in the Uva Medium category at the Weekly Tea Auctions held on 12 March. This line of teas

Colombo YPO Supports Farming Community with Coconut Seedlings

Views - 51 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

A coconut seedling distribution project to local cultivators was organised under the patronage of the Young Professionals Organisation (YPO) of the United National Party (UNP) in Gampaha and Beruwala districts on 27 February and 3 March respectively.

French company Boccard to develop dairy farming and processing in Sri Lanka

Views - 39 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka signed a contract agreement with French company Boccard to develop dairy farming and processing in the

Regional symposium in IRRI SARC with private sector partners

Views - 18 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Varanasi, India: The International Rice Research Institute’s South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) organised a regional symposium on ‘Transforming Rice Grain Quality and Nutrition in South Asia’, inviting private sector representatives from th

FAO Food Price Index rises in February mostly on higher dairy prices

Views - 22 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

ROME (Reuters): Global food prices rose in February, with the FAO Food Price Index averaging 167.5 points, up 1.7% from January, in part driven up by sharp increases in dairy prices. The Index, which is an indicator of the monthly changes in interna

Sri Lanka participation at BioFach 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany

Views - 58 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

The EDB has identified BioFach as one of the best places to promote Sri Lankan organic products to the EU region and other countries. EDB in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany organised a national pavilion in an area of

Italy’s Noberasco to invest in Sri Lankan fruit, vegetable businesses

Views - 361 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan fruit and vegetable businesses are set to boost exports following a new partnership with the dried fruits and nuts company Noberasco. The Lanka Fruit and Vegetable Producers, Processors and Exporters Association (LFVPPEA) signed a Memorand

IFAD-financed projects contribute to improved agricultural productivity and incomes in Sri Lanka

Views - 208 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:06

Rural development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increased productivity and incomes in Sri Lanka, according to a new evaluation report presented today in Colombo. “In the decades

Climate smart agriculture to improve resilience and productivity in Sri Lanka

Views - 37 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:05

The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a $125 million credit for Sri Lanka to improve the resilience and productivity of agriculture for more than 470,000 small farmers in six provinces in the dry zone of the country. The provinces selected a

Japan to support water management system for sustainable agricultural production in Anuradhapura

Views - 88 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:04

The Government of Japan has extended $ 89,285 (approx. Rs. 16 million) for the ‘Project for Water Management System for Sustainable Agricultural Products Supply for Dry-Zone in Anuradhapura’ through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Secur

China to enhance cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of agriculture

Views - 42 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:03

Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China Dr. Qu Dongyu met with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Beijing Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku last week with a view to enhancing cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of Agriculture. The Vice Minis

IFAD pledges to further support Sri Lanka’s key plantation crops

Views - 36 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:01

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) yesterday pledged to further strengthen its support towards uplifting Sri Lanka’s main plantation crops conducted through its mission. The IFAD Mission program has invested $3 million in the d

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On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q

Unholy trinity is unholy to Sri Lanka from all fronts

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Let us see the background of the unholy trinity or impossible trinity or trilemma. Every country is challenged with international monetary policy which will in return decide the fate of the economic growth. Three strategies available are;

Is it the plane or the pilot?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX twin-engine jetliners have brought flight safety into sharper focus than ever after many decades. This is in many ways a story of success breeding complacency. Airline safety has improved beyond belief

Is Sri Lanka capable of a course correction?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The genesis of Sri Lanka’s current political and economic problems can very well be traced back to several structural issues of the country, both politically and culturally. It is no secret that from the outset of the war in Sri Lanka, the country

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