Rain water harvesting brings relief to four drought and flood prone districts

Views - 2 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:43

Life has changed for those from Kilinochchi, Badulla, Moneragala and Batticaloa thanks to the water harvesting project of the Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) which is nearing completion.

Maharashtra plans cloud-seeding as 24 of 36 districts face severe rain deficit

Views - 2 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:35

The Hindu Business Line: With 24 out of 36 districts in Maharashtra facing deficient monsoon and the situation worsening in the drought-hit Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, the State government has decided to go for cloud seeding.

Hayleys Agriculture provides practical training to AL teachers on bio systems technology

Views - 28 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Hayleys Agriculture together with the National Institute of Education conducted two programs yet again in May and June to share best global practices and new technologies in Agriculture with A/Level science teachers. The two residential workshops we

Fonterra’s world-leading traceability system a first for Sri Lanka

Views - 39 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

People around the world now more than ever want to know where their food comes from and how safely it is made. Reflecting this, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization established the first-ever World Food Safety Day on 7 June. Through a

FAO Food Price Index steady in June

Views - 11 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Global food prices declined marginally in June, as lower prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset a significant jump in maize quotations, and are now very close to their level of a year ago, according to a report by the Food and A

Plantations mafia and political path of workers’ struggle

Views - 126 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

By a Special Correspondent In an earlier account published by Daily FT (, we exposed the vested interests of Planters’ Association’

Planters’ Association of Ceylon’s right of reply

Views - 139 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) wishes to draw attention to the repetitive and terminal flaws advanced in two articles published in the Daily Financial Times which were authored anonymously and headlined: ‘Mendacious propaganda against w

1Q tea industry performance

Views - 180 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:36

By Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC The 1st quarter of the Sri Lankan Tea industry saw a downward momentum, with elevation averages decreasing to the comparative period in 2018. Tea production saw a decrease in the period of review whilst exports witnessed a m

Widespread and better demand throughout Colombo Tea Auction

Views - 49 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:35

By John Keells PLC With the improvement of quality, there was widespread and better demand throughout the Colombo Auction. It was encouraging to witness buyer support for the better teas on offer which also had a positive impact on the below best and

Rising production causes betel exports to drop

Views - 32 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent High yield and the increased numbers of farmers starting to grow betel leaves have reduced the demand for Sri Lankan betel leaves in Pakistan, Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment D

Maple syrup in Vermont: The story bigger than life

Views - 179 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

By Chitral Jayawarna Farming is an inseparable part of humanity. We are here today because of enormous progresses our men and women in past generations have achieved in the agricultural sector. It is the result of collective commitment throughout our

Agricultural output growth to keep food prices low over coming decade, many uncertainties ahead

Views - 27 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Global demand for agricultural products is projected to grow by 15% over the coming decade, while agricultural productivity growth is expected to increase slightly faster, causing inflation-adjusted prices of the major agricultural commodities to rem

Crysbro rewards efforts of top performers

Views - 20 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Pioneering Sri Lankan poultry producer Crysbro recently recognised the untiring efforts of its staff across multiple business units by rewarding outstanding performers who have played a pivotal role in helping the company meet its goal of supplying t

Hayleys Agriculture provides practical training to AL teachers on bio systems technology

Views - 38 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Hayleys Agriculture together with the National Institute of Education conducted two programs yet again in May and June to share best global practices and new technologies in Agriculture with A/Level science teachers. The two residential workshops we

Fonterra Future Dairy launches Dreamery to fuel new India ambition

Views - 15 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Fonterra Future Dairy, a joint venture between global dairy nutrition company Fonterra and India’s FMCG powerhouse Future Consumer, is looking to disrupt the way consumers across India enjoy dairy. To deliver on this aspiration, the joint venture l

PM gives Rs. 100 m Budget boost to palmyrah-based jaggery production

Views - 15 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

The palmyrah sector is an important sector for the livelihood development in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Although there are 11 million palmyrah tress in the Northern Province, they are not used effectively to realise the full economic potenti

Rs. 550 m for Ambagahawewa renovation

Views - 52 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:27

By G.H.M. Amarasinghe Rs. 550 million is set to be spent on the renovation of Ambagahawewa cascading tank system in the Anuradhapura District under the minor irrigation tank maintenance program “Sarawath Deshayaka Waapi Sangramaya.” A part of the

Horana Plantations ploughs forward with intensive crop diversification strategy

Views - 299 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:27

Sri Lanka’s Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) have typically been associated primarily with tea and rubber, and to a lesser extent, spices like cinnamon. Over the recent past however, both of the country’s main perennial crops have begun to fa

Analysing the role of leadership in plantation sector reform

Views - 295 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

Leadership is a topic that has always been heavily focused on in Sri Lanka, especially in the political sphere. In the plantation industry, however, this has received less scrutiny over the years. Last week in my ‘Beyond the Plants’ series, I de

$ 5 b annual tea export target optimistic but not impossible: Ceylon Tea Brokers Chief

Views - 386 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:10

Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC Chairman and industry veteran Chrisantha Perera strongly believes a $ 5 billion export earnings target per annum for tea in the medium term is possible though optimistic. This view was shared by Perera in the Chairman’s Revi

Sri Lanka holds symposium with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Views - 39 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:11

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden together with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) organised a Sri Lanka Symposium on 13 June at the SLU in Uppsala. The Symposium was chaired by Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Relations at

Crysbro outgrower links grant poultry farmers greater benefit, reduced risk

Views - 87 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:07

For cherished Sri Lankan chicken producer Crysbro, the concept of doing good business no longer solely revolves around delivering a product which can be used as a vehicle to drive profit. After 47 years, the company, which is locally renowned for the

EDB workshops on Geographical Indication for Ceylon Cinnamon

Views - 65 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:05

Sri Lanka is the leading exporter of true cinnamon to the world and holds almost 80% of the global pure cinnamon market. However, the exporters of Ceylon Cinnamon to the world market, particularly within the European Union (EU) and North American mar

Asia Rice: Demand lulls in top hubs; Bangladesh hopes for a deal with Philippines

Views - 30 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:04

Bengaluru, Reuters: Export prices for Indian rice edged up last week on the back of an appreciation in the rupee even as demand was lacklustre in most exporting centres, while Bangladeshi traders looked for an export deal with the Philippines. For t

Sharing sustainable practices: ‘Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’

Views - 197 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

In commemoration of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 2019, Biodiversity Sri Lanka, together with its member companies from the agribusiness sector and with the support of its Associate Member – the United Nations Development Pro

Ensuring a sustainable future for the next 50 years of Sri Lanka’s oil palm industry

Views - 248 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

Since its establishment just over 50 years ago with the planting of 68 seedlings on the Nakiyadeniya estate – managed today by Watawala Plantations PLC – oil palm has played an increasingly important role in the Sri Lankan plantation sector. Oil

Establishing an export-oriented value chain: Five things to consider

Views - 84 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Export oriented value chains are special with its economic value, technology involvement, number of stakeholders and its contribution to the national economy. Hence failure costs a lot and continuous failure is not an option at all. Many things hav

India withdraws export incentive for onion as prices jump

Views - 39 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India withdrew 10% export incentives on onion, the government said in a statement on Tuesday, as prices of the bulb jumped 47% in a month due to dwindling supplies. The South Asian country had doubled export incentives for onion in

Austrian organic farming and horticultural therapy expert in Sri Lanka

Views - 62 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Dr. Sabine Scheucher is visiting Sri Lanka to explore living as a guest and contributing her 24 years of experience in training in organic agriculture and horticultural therapy to the island. She discovered Sri Lanka as a result of her work in Thaila

New FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Views - 45 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Xuebing Sun presented his credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana, as the new Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Sri Lanka, at the Ministry premises on

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We should sell our water

Monday, 22 July 2019

When you read the title of this article, you will probably feel disgusted with me as selling our water has been a controversial topic since a long time ago. By the way, I am talking about virtual water trade and you would be surprised to know that we

A voice of compassion amid howls of zealotry

Monday, 22 July 2019

The unrestrained freedom extended by the current regime to a bunch of saffron-clad street vendors of Sinhala Buddhist zealotry is pushing Sri Lanka once again into a cauldron of ethnic and religious convulsion. The nationwide spread and virulence of

Roger Beteille: The man who reinvented the commercial airliner

Monday, 22 July 2019

The visionary engineer, pilot and manager who led Airbus to some its most significant decisions, passed away last month. Beteille, who was the head of French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation’s flight testing section, was made technical director

“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag

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