Agriculture

Sri Lanka to participate along with India at Asia’s biggest tea coffee trade show at Mumbai

Views - 44 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

With India growing leaps and bounds in the Tea and Coffee sector – both in terms of production, consumption and innovation – global companies are converging at the sixth Mumbai World Tea Coffee Expo 2018 from Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 De


Colombo Rubber Traders’ Association centennial celebration on 27 November

Views - 64 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The Colombo Rubber Traders’ Association (CRTA) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interest of Sri Lanka’s rubber industry, was inaugurated on 27 November 1918. The Association celebrates its 100th anniversary on 27 November


Tea auctions this week

Views - 88 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers Overall auction quantities totalled approximately 6.0 M/Kgs. Low Growns continued to meet with good demand, whilst High & Mid Grown Small leaf teas continued to witness downward pressure in prices following the lower


Global dairy prices fall, dragged down by whole milk powder

Views - 27 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

WELLINGTON, REUTERS: Global dairy prices dropped for the sixth time in a row at a fortnightly auction early on Wednesday as prices for a key product, whole milk powder, sank to a two-year low. The GDT Price Index dipped 2%, with an average selling p


GRI produces first ever radial agriculture tyres in Sri Lanka

Views - 23 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Radial tyres offer greater horsepower-to-ground capability, less wheel slip, reduced soil compaction and increased farm productivity. “While the exterior profile of today’s radial tractor tyres is a little different to 25-40 years ago, advances r


Nestlé opens third milk chilling centre in Mannar district

Views - 24 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Continuing its strong dairy development drive in the country, Nestlé has opened its third milk chilling centre in the Mannar district, in the north-western town of Madhu. The chilled storage facilities are vital in a tropical climate, as it offers


Global food prices dip in October: FAO

Views - 18 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:08


HNB partners with SLWP to commence rainwater harvesting for 6 schools in Hatton

Views - 18 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:07

Furthering its mission to serve as a partner in progress to all Sri Lankans, leading local bank, HNB PLC announced that it would be working in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP) to introduce rainwater harvesting tanks to six sc


Doombagastalawa achieves all-time record

Views - 23 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:07

Doombagastalawa Estate, situated in the Nawalapitiya/Kothmale agro-climatic sub district, achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 900 per kg for a BOPSP grade in the Western Medium category at the weekly tea auctions held on 30 October. This line of


Indian tea exporters cheer exemption from American sanctions on Iran

Views - 112 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:06

Tea producers and exporters, after a dip in tea prices of more than 7%, anticipate a rebound in demand for the orthodox tea variant as well as price recovery for exports to Iran after the US decided to exempt India from trade sanctions on the West As


Kirklees Estate amongst record books at Colombo Tea Auctions

Views - 35 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:23

At the Colombo Tea Auction held on 23 October, Kirklees Estate had the proud distinction of establishing an All Time Record Price of Rs. 740 for a BOP grade, in the Uda Pussellawa category. This line of tea was purchased by M/s. Heritage Teas Ltd. Ki


Mitra Innovation engages in talks with VCCI to contribute to development of AgriTECH in Vietnam

Views - 30 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:23

British trade delegates and founders of Mitra Innovation – Dammika Ganegama, Managing Director of Mitra Innovation and Vice President Sri Lanka Australia Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Ashok Suppiah, CEO Mitra Innovation and ex-founding member of $ 1


Dialog and Universities of Ruhuna and Moratuwa spearhead next-gen solutions for smallholder farmers

Views - 40 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:23

In a combined effort to provide Sri Lankan smallholder farmers with an affordable solution for protecting crop yields from adverse weather and other negative conditions, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has partnered wi


Samagi Spice Exports wins Presidential Export Award

Views - 43 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:22

The market leader in exporting cinnamon, Samagi Spice Exports Ltd. excelled at the Presidential Export Awards 2018, organised by the Export Development Board (EDB), by bagging an Export Excellence Presidential Award as the ‘Highest Foreign Exchange


Nayapane Estate establishes All Time Record Price

Views - 19 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:22

Nayapane Estate, situated in Pussellawa, has established an All Time Record Price of Rs. 1050 per kg for a liquoring BOP grade in the Western Medium Category at the Tea Auctions concluded this week. Nayapane has consistently produced teas of good


Chickens and eggs: Retailer Carrefour adopts blockchain to track fresh produce

Views - 16 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour SA has adopted blockchain ledger technology to track and trace chicken, eggs and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores, and will deploy it across all of its fresh product lines in coming


Harnessing the power of livestock to drive sustainable development

Views - 12 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Rome: A new FAO report highlights the multiple contributions made by the global livestock sector — especially to the lives of millions of poor, animal-dependent small-scale producers in developing countries — but also says that changes in policie


An alternative use of cow manure

Views - 15 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Across the developing world but especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, rural villages and remote areas often lack direct connections to national electricity grids, locking them in poverty and underdevelopment. But increasing numbers of c


Indian state Sikkim shines; receives FAO award for becoming world’s first organic state

Views - 13 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan K.Chamling this weekreceived the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) prestigious Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan state for setting an example to


Record price for Deerwood Tea Factory

Views - 27 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Deerwood Tea Factory, one of Ceylon’s premier garden marks specialising in producing high quality low grown orthodox teas, achieved an all-time record price on a ‘Pekoe1’ grade of Rs. 1,110 per kg at this week’s tea auction in the Low grown e


New Vithanakande equals OP1 record

Views - 224 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

At the Colombo Tea Auction held on 22/23 October, an invoice of New Vithanakande Tea Factory, Delwala equalled the all-time record price for OP1 grade by achieving Rs. 1,400 per kilo. New Vithanakande teas have sold at record prices over the years a


China-SL cooperation on tea, rubber, coconut development

Views - 43 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:43

Under the Government’s program to improve the estate sector, a proposal to increase the reciprocal cooperation between China and Sri Lanka was approved by the Cabinet. Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake had submitted the proposal t


550 acre zone exclusively for ‘Akshata’ Non GMO Rice

Views - 106 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:43

In an effort to meet the growing demand for Akshata Non-GMO Rice tagged the ‘Healthiest Rice in the World’, a special zone of 550 acres of paddy land was exclusively demarcated for the growing of Akshata Non-GMO Rice varieties also known as Tradi


Seafood exporter Divron Bioventures recognised for contribution to inland fisheries and aquaculture

Views - 18 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:41

The nation’s leading seafood exporter, Divron Bioventures Ltd. was honoured for its significant contribution towards developing and uplifting Sri Lanka’s inland fisheries and aquaculture sector recently. The company received this prestigious awa


Chickens and eggs: Retailer Carrefour adopts blockchain to track fresh produce

Views - 27 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:30

President Sirisena said that it is important to implement a state policy regarding the production, security, quality and standards of food.


Chickens and eggs: Retailer Carrefour adopts blockchain to track fresh produce

Views - 20 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour SA has adopted blockchain ledger technology to track and trace chicken, eggs and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores, and will deploy it across all of its fresh product lines in coming


Inverness & Oodoowerre estates set new records

Views - 182 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

An Invoice of Inverness FBOPF1 grade offered under the Western High Grown category at the Colombo Tea Auction held yesterday, realised an all-time record price of Rs. 1,000 per kg. This tea was bought by Akbar Brothers Ltd. Inverness teas are known


Elephant House wins Gold at Export Awards 2018

Views - 17 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s legendary consumer foods brand Elephant House has won two Gold awards at the 26th annual NCE Export Awards 2018.  Having won Golds in the ‘Frozen Confectionery and Beverage Medium’ and ‘Fresh and Processed Agriculture Exports’


Israel to grant five-year work visas to SL migrant workers in agriculture sector

Views - 31 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Israeli officials have agreed to grant a five-year work visa to Sri Lankan migrant workers who will be working in the agriculture sector. The agreement had been reached during bilateral discussions, held by Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara and a S


Maliban re-launches Maliban Yaha Posha enriched with the goodness of milk

Views - 14 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Remaining true to the Maliban value of providing healthy options produced with uncompromising adherence to quality to consumers, House of Maliban recently re-launched its breakfast cereal and snack Maliban Yaha Posha enriched with the goodness of mil


Today's Columnists

The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall


When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be


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