Agriculture

Watawala Tea Ceylon celebrates exceptional 2017 at Annual Convention

Views - 131 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

Watawala Tea Ceylon (WTCL), the consumer arm of the diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC, honoured its outstanding achievers who have excelled during the financial year of 2017/18 at the recently-concluded WTCL Annual Sales Convention 2018.


Heavy rains restrict tea production

Views - 74 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

Asia Siyaka Commodities said persistent showers and overcast conditions have restricted production heavily in the low country.


International training for local onion farmers through KOPIA Sri Lanka

Views - 42 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

For the third consecutive year, the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Sri Lanka Centre organised


Tea auctions this week

Views - 43 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

The 20th sale of the year, which concluded yesterday, had a total of 7.93M/kg on offer.


Global warming may have ‘devastating’ effects on rice: study

Views - 39 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

TAMPA, AFP: As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin


Indian sugar producers seeking great access to China market

Views - 12 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Beijing (Reuters) - Indian sugar refiners and exporters will meet Chinese importers and processors in Beijing next month to discuss opening up market access, according to a statement on China Merchandise Reserve Management Center. The Embassy of Indi


Oasis Marketing gets 3 most important ISO certifications

Views - 37 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Oasis a company that is entrusted for quality and environmental friendly agro input supplies for the last two decades. The commitment and vision of their Managing Director Sumith De Silva along with his dedicated staff placed Oasis Marketing to the s


Navin calls on Chinese Govt. assistance to bolster tea exports

Views - 92 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake recently had an elaborated discussion with Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu during his visit to China to further strengthen bilateral relations and trade between the two countries. Dissanayake


Growrite Substrates initiates coconut planting program ‘Anagathaya Wawamu’

Views - 44 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Growrite Substrates Ltd. a proudly responsible business built on sustainable thinking commenced its ‘Anagathaya Wawamu – Kapruka Rekaganimu’ program in its journey towards a sustainable environment growth, and is currently setting up a Sustaina


Jaffna Uni academic staff meet Amunugama to discuss 4th Int’l Conference Dry Zone Agriculture

Views - 166 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

University of Jaffna academic staff representatives met Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama to discuss the 4th International Conference Dry Zone Agriculture – 2018 (ICTDA – 2018). This discussion was held at ministry office on Monday (21). This Confere


Hayleys to boost Gramashakthi people’s movement

Views - 36 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Flower Growers’ Association of the Uva province and Hayleys Company ensuring that the company will constantly purchase flowers from the growers at a steady price and that the company will provide


Europe’s largest sugar refiner to step up exports to boost revenues after price slump

Views - 23 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Hamburg (Reuters): Suedzucker, Europe’s largest sugar refiner, said it is suffering from the steep fall in sugar prices in recent months and plans to step up exports to try and compensate. “The drastic fall in sugar prices to a historically low l


Poultry Association calls for urgent Govt. intervention to regulate maize distribution

Views - 102 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Emerging as one of the fastest growing segments within the Sri Lankan livestock sector, the island’s poultry industry continues to make substantial contributions towards the national economy; however producers warned that the staggering 250,000 MT


Measuring rice yield from the sky

Views - 43 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

By Lakshman Nagraj Rao blogs.adb.org: Nearly 70% of the world’s poor live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Target 2.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to double the agricultural productivity and incomes o


Craighead Estate achieves seven top prices at a single sale

Views - 47 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Craighead Estate, Udahentenna reputed for producing award winning Medium Grown Orthodox tea achieved the unique distinction of obtaining seven top prices in the western medium category, at the weekly tea auctions held on 15 May. The record prices ac


Tea Board steps up protection for Pure Ceylon Tea quality

Views - 514 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) confirmed yesterday that it will introduce a new foolproof method to ensure the quality of Ceylon Tea for the world market which includes a baseline and a validation of the test to detect sugar adulter


High praises for high achievers at CRYSBRO Annual Awards Night

Views - 24 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:13

Pioneer in Sri Lanka’s poultry sector, CRYSBRO Group of companies held their Annual Awards Night recently at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Auditorium at Polgolla, to appreciate the high flyers and to celebrate 46 years of unabated excellence in contributin


Pelwatte Dairy strengthens operations with new management appointments

Views - 80 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:12

Sri Lanka’s 100% local dairy manufacturer Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd. (PDIL) recently further strengthened its operations with the appointment of a new Managing Director and Operations Director at its state-of-the-art Buttala manufacturing plant


Bangladesh tea prices up at new auction centre

Views - 69 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:11

Dhaka (Reuters): Tea prices in Bangladesh climbed at the weekly auction due to strong demand and tight supplies. Bangladeshi tea fetched an average of BDT 216.14 ($2.6) per kg at the new auction centre in Srimangal on Monday (14 May), compared to BDT


MA’s Kitchen advocates continuous support of fair trade to improve farmer livelihoods

Views - 47 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:11

Built and grown based on the values of fairtrade, MA’s Kitchen, one of the country’s most trusted food processor highlighted the importance of continuously supporting and integrating fairtrade practices to create better livelihoods in recognition


Good demand at Colombo Tea Auction

Views - 91 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:08

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers Total auction offerings increased further to a 7.9M/Kgs. There was good demand particularly for the better teas. Ex-Estate offerings, too, showed an increase and totalled a 1.34M/Kgs. There was good demand and most t


Asia Rice: Vietnamese prices soar; flood threat could boost Bangladesh buying

Views - 40 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Bengaluru (Reuters): Export prices for rice surged to a near four-year high in Vietnam last week due to strong demand, while slow buying interest put pressure on prices of Indian rice. The threat of floods also raised the prospect of Bangladesh stepp


World sugar exporters prep review of India, EU, Pakistan support programs

Views - 23 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): The world’s top sugar exporters have initiated a legal review of government supports in the European Union, India and Pakistan that may violate World Trade Organisation restrictions on direct subsidies, according to an industry


“Think big” to make global food trade work for nutrition

Views - 48 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Global trade in food is essential for all countries, but the world’s trade and regulation rulebook needs to be rebooted with an eye to bolstering trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap, FAO Director-General José Graz


Innovative agribusinesses could drive agriculture modernisation in Sri Lanka

Views - 330 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Agribusiness can help drive prosperity in Sri Lanka – and we know just the entrepreneurs to do it. Over the last few months, we have seen over 1000 proposals come pouring in for consideration under the matching grants scheme (MGS) for agribusiness.


Field workshop for Sri Lankan onion farmers organised by KOPIA

Views - 61 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:09

The Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Sri Lanka Centre organised a field workshop for 100 selected farmers from the two model villages of Galenbindunuwewa and Bulnewa, where they visited a large scale commercial onion seed productio


India giving rice and wheat production vast support, US tells WTO

Views - 31 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:08

Geneva (Reuters): India is supporting its rice and wheat farmers with payments that are far higher than the amounts allowed by the World Trade Organisation, the United States said in a statement published by the WTO yesterday. “It appears that Indi


Govt. teams up with UNIDO to develop bamboo industry

Views - 57 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:04

The Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s Office, along with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), has launched a project to develop the bamboo industry in the country. The objective of the ‘Bamboo Processing


Amunugama requests private sector retailers to purchase vegetables from farmers

Views - 23 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

Following discussions between Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, Vocational Training and Hill Country


Global edible seed heavyweights converge in Sri Lanka for breakthrough Colombo Accord

Views - 100 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

More than 500 high-profile global pulses heavyweights who arrived in Sri Lanka began finalising the Colombo Accord – the biggest milestone in the global pulses industry.


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Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio


Profit before principle: Khashoggi and US-Saudi relations

Friday, 19 October 2018

The mysterious disappearance of a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, from inside the Saudi Embassy complex in Turkey on 2 October and an array of circumstantial evidence surrounding his disappearance lead one to suspect that Jamal was possibly abduct


When shame and honour take the hypocritical centre stage

Friday, 19 October 2018

As human beings, we experience a gamut of emotions. These help individuals to express themselves, and authorities to exercise control over entire societies. The most common feelings engendered by our race span a spectrum from guilt and shame to fear.


ERP in the Cloud: Realising the full potential for emerging markets

Friday, 19 October 2018

The world has witnessed a remarkable disruption and digital transformation in technology over the past few years. Many organisations have transitioned from large-scale, resource-intensive implementation exercises to operational investments with lower


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