Agriculture

Sri Lanka may cut 2018 tea production target after weak August

Views - 127 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Sri Lanka may have to downgrade its full-year forecast for tea production after output tumbled 14% in August from a year earlier due to a prolonged drought, the state-run Tea Board said on Tuesday. The August decline meant output for the fir


Asia Rice: India rates tumble; Vietnam hopes to clinch Philippines deal

Views - 9 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): Rice export prices in India slumped last week as the rupee fell and demand remained weak with buyers expecting further dips, while low supplies and the prospect of a new deal with the Philippines pushed up prices for the Vietname


Improving the role of women in agriculture

Views - 48 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

A two-day training program on the integration of women in the agriculture sector was held from 17-18 September at the Taj Samudra Hotel. Representatives of ministries, the private sector, civil society, academia, and development partners took part i


Sri Lankan tea, coconut and spices exporters focus of attention at World Food Moscow 2018 Exhibitio

Views - 30 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

On Monday, 17 September, the 27th edition of the renowned World Food Exhibition opened at Moscow’s Expocentre. As one of the two key exhibitions in this field in Russia, World Food 2018 attracted 1480 agri-food sector stakeholders from 66 countrie


TEA Chairman calls for change in strategies

Views - 94 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minster of Plantation Industries, Your Excellencies, Mr. Ranjith, Secretary of Ministry of Plantation Industries, Chairman – Sri Lanka Tea Board, Chairman – Tea Research Institute,


Precision agriculture, AI key to SL becoming competitive

Views - 41 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

By Ruwandi Gamage Precision agriculture, 3D printing and Artificial Intelligence are three technologies both the Government and local companies should embrace to be competitive, improve sustainability and deliver development goals to Sri Lanka, a top


CEB’s coal obsession could see SL exit Paris Agreement

Views - 8 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

If the CEB’s plans to use coal for Sri Lanka’s long-term power generation are allowed to continue and the level of carbon emissions increase, Sri Lanka would be forced to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, said Dr. Ravi Fernando at the inaugurati


Sri Lankan farmers need localised climate forecasts to battle climate change: IPS

Views - 129 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Climate change and climate uncertainty has increased the demand for climate information products (CIPs) in Sri Lanka, an expert pointed out recently. Speaking based on ground level experience, Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri


India to surpass Brazil as top sugar producer, eyes bigger export share

Views - 16 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

MUMBAI/SAO PAULO (Reuters): India will surpass Brazil as the world’s top sugar producer next year, with the South American country losing its lead for the first time since the 1990s as its mills allocate increasingly more cane for ethanol productio


Protecting rice plants by exploiting their natural defences

Views - 13 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

An analysis of the chemical signals sent out by rice plants under attack by the brown planthopper could help in natural control of this insect pest Researchers in Indonesia have deciphered the chemical cues used by rice to attract a parasitoid that


Tea Exporters Association AGM 2018: ‘Thinking out of the box’ to herald golden era for tea industry

Views - 51 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

The Tea Exporters Association held their Annual General Meeting under the apt theme ‘Thinking out of the box’, at the Oak Room of the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo last week. The vibrant event was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wick


India rates dip as rupee flounders; markets eye Philippine boost

Views - 15 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

Bengaluru (Reuters): A dip in rice export prices as the rupee plunged failed to stoke fresh demand for the Indian variety last week, but potential orders from the Philippines and elsewhere could provide fresh impetus to markets in Thailand and Vietna


Malaysia’s palm oil output to decline in 2018

Views - 42 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters): Malaysia’s palm oil production is expected to dip in 2018 due to lower yields, analyst Thomas Mielke said at a Kuala Lumpur industry event last week. Output from Malaysia, the world’s second-biggest palm oil producer, will


New MD at Hapugastenne Plantations and Udapussellawa Plantations

Views - 464 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Nanayakkara Hettiarachichige Gihan Sudharshana Jayasinghe has been appointed as Managing Director of Hapugastenne Plantations PLC (HPPLC) and Udapussellawa Plantations PLC (UPPLC) with effect from 3 September. HPPLC and UPPLC are the plantation secto


India rates dip as rupee flounders; markets eye Philippine boost

Views - 8 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Bengaluru (Reuters): A dip in rice export prices as the rupee plunged failed to stoke fresh demand for the Indian variety last week, but potential orders from the Philippines and elsewhere could provide fresh impetus to markets in Thailand and Vietna


Palm Oil Industry Association launched to advocate sustainable growth

Views - 26 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Businesses with a cumulative investment of approximately Rs. 26 billion in the Palm Oil industry in Sri Lanka came together in Colombo on 30 August, to formally inaugurate an industry association under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, to


Pulling back the curtain on privatisation of Sri Lanka’s plantation sector

Views - 44 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

With the fate of Sri Lanka’s plantation industry continuing to remain as a hot-button issue of debate in the media, numerous views have been aired on the rationale behind the privatisation of State plantations in 1992.


Bairaha Farms Plc recognises and rewards best breeder farm for 2017

Views - 31 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Bairaha Farms Plc, Sri Lanka’s pioneering and leading chicken processors and suppliers, recently felicitated its best manager, Sampath Wijesekara, who is in charge of two breeder farms, for producing the most numbers of chicks per hen.


Farmers benefit from mutation bred groundnut for 25 years

Views - 33 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

www.iaea.org: The year was 1993 when the groundnut variety Tissa, a product of mutation breeding, was released in Sri Lanka.


Tea industry performance in first half of 2018

Views - 196 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

By Ceylon Tea Broker Plc The second quarter of the Sri Lankan tea industry in 2018 saw a sharp decline in elevation averages in comparison to the first quarter. Increased crop figures and decline in quality, political tension in the Middle East, con


Craighead Estate achieves an all-time price

Views - 26 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

The Craighead Estate, Udahetenna, achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 940 per kg for a PEK1 grade in the Western Medium category at the weekly Tea Auctions held on 20 August. This line of tea was purchased by Euro Scan Exports Ltd. and marketed


First-ever Rs. 1,000 for Mattakelle Dust 1

Views - 192 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

At the Colombo Tea Auction on 20 and 21 August, an invoice of Mattakelle Dust 1 selling under the Western High Grown category realised Rs. 1,000 per kg. It was the first time the Dust 1 grade achieved a four-figure price in any elevation. In the proc


Global wheat supply to crisis levels

Views - 36 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): A scorching hot, dry summer has ended five years of plenty in many wheat-producing countries, and drawn down the reserves of major exporters to their lowest level since 2007/08, when low grain stocks contributed to food riots across


Eastern Brokers sets all-time record for Kirklees Estate

Views - 23 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

At the recently concluded Colombo Tea Auctions held on 8 August, Kirklees Estate achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 750 per kg for a DUST No. 01 grade in the Uda Pussellawa category. This line of tea was purchased by M/s. Watawala Tea Ceylon Lt


St. James achieves all-time record price

Views - 17 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

St. James achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 1,550 per kg for a PEK1 grade in the Uva Medium Grown elevational category at the weekly Tea Auctions held on 15 August. Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers Ltd. was the marketer of this line of tea. Mal


Drone technology for agriculture development in Sri Lanka

Views - 46 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

The Government is considering the use of drone technology in the agricultural industry to develop and make the field more efficient. Accordingly, a special discussion regarding the use of drone technology in agriculture took place recently at the Na


New animal feed plant from Pelwatte Dairy to support dairy industry in Sri Lanka

Views - 38 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd. (PDIL), Sri Lanka’s 100% local dairy manufacturer has since its inception been driven by a vision of making this nation self-sufficient in milk. In another pioneering venture towards this goal, the company included it


Drastic decline in farm gate price of coconuts; immediate action needed from authorities

Views - 65 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

By Crysantha Jayawardane Commencing from around the third week of July, farm gate price of coconuts have dropped from a high of around Rs. 45 to Rs. 28 by 15 August. The years 2016 and 2017 experienced a sharp increase in coconut prices owing to clim


Tea industry sans glyphosate?

Views - 306 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

By Gamini Weerasinghe After the recent landmark order delivered by a court in San Francisco, US, where cancer patient Dewayne Johnson, who was ruled to have developed the disease through regular contact with glyphosate, was awarded compensation of $


All Time Record price for Mattakelle Dust1

Views - 34 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

At the Colombo Tea Auction of 14-15 August, an Invoice of Mattakelle Dust1 selling under the Western High Grown category realised an All Time record price of Rs. 960 per kg. Mattakelle is the most renowned Selling Mark in the Dust1 category and has c


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Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the


Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o


In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

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