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Navin discusses plantation issues and development with ADB

Views - 228 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

Officials of the Asian Development Bank met Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake and informed him of their commitment to fund the rehabilitation and development of the tea sector of the plantation industry. The Minister informed the d


May tea exports dip but first five-month haul higher

Views - 63 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka tea exports in May saw a marginal dip although the first five months’ value has shown an improvement.


Expenditure on tobacco use tops GSP Plus export income, annual milk powder bill

Views - 44 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan consumers’ annual expenditure on cigarettes and tobacco is so high it surpasses the country’s annual


Nestlé’s successful milk-district model helps enhance lives of thousands of smallholder milk farmers

Views - 32 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

A traditional industry surviving thousands of years, local milk production’s ability to support Sri Lanka’s economic development


Crysbro to launch Sri Lanka’s first alternative energy system fuelled by chicken litter

Views - 95 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Crysbro, a pioneer in Sri Lanka’s poultry industry, is geared up to launch Sri Lanka’s first-ever alternative energy system fuelled


MOU between Hettigoda Industries and J’Pura University on plant research

Views - 107 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

Hettigoda Industries Ltd. signed an MOU with the Plant Materials and Herbal Products Research Center of the University of Sri Jayewardnepura (USJP) recently.


President assures boost for local fruit farmers

Views - 37 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

A special discussion was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo


Sri Lanka participates at SAITEX 2018 in Johannesburg

Views - 116 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tea Board and Coconut Development Authority (CDA) in coordination with Sri Lanka High Commission


Harsha calls on tea stakeholders to compromise to revitalise industry

Views - 366 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

In a fresh attempt to revitalise and take Sri Lankan brew to next great heights, National Policies and Economic Affairs State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva called on the tea industry to come to a compromise with innovative solutions, diversifications


Udumullagoda Tea Factory receives ISO certification from Sri Lanka Standards Institution

Views - 47 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Udumullagoda Tea Factory affiliated to Yakkalamulla Tea Factory Ltd. which has a history of a decade recently was awarded three quality certifications by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution. They received ‘ISO22000’ GMP and HACCP Certifications a


BOI company Aquamarines International breeds sea horses in Ja-Ela

Views - 73 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s leading ornamental fish exporter Aquamarines International Ltd. was established in 1963 and operates as a BOI enterprise. The company specialises in breeding of ornamental fish particularly varieties of tropical sea fish and invertebrat


Sri Lanka, IRRI set priority areas to restore rice self-sufficiency

Views - 28 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Agriculture and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have recently signed an agreement to begin restoring the country’s rice self-sufficiency. The agreement, signed by Dr. W.M.W. Weerakoon, Director General of


Regional Symposium on Sustainable Development Goal 14

Views - 37 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:21

It is a pleasure to address you at this important and timely event.


FAO-led Bay of Bengal fisheries project re-energised with $ 15m from Global Environment Facility

Views - 28 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:00

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved $ 15 million in funding to assist continued management of the large marine ecosystem in the Bay of Bengal in order to help sustain ecosystem services for the benefit of the coastal populations and co


Kelani Estate surpasses own record yet again!

Views - 43 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:00

Kelani Tea Factory achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 1,000 per kg for a Low Grown BOPFSp grade surpassing its previous record of Rs. 980 at the weekly tea auctions held on 26 June. This is the third consecutive


Emirates Flight Catering builds world’s largest vertical farming facility in Dubai

Views - 43 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:00

Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and Crop One will co-invest $ 40 million to build the world’s largest vertical farming facility near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. The project is a joint venture with US-based Crop One Hold


Green Space Consultancies launches Agri-Economic Report

Views - 72 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:00

Green Space Consultancies (GSC) launched an Agri-Economic research report on Tuesday on the topic “Understanding Farmer Perspectives on Proposed Tobacco Growing Ban and Opportunity to Diversify.” The report was the culmination of a study conducte


Finding success through resilience

Views - 73 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Fewer and fewer young Sri Lankans choose to pursue dairy farming as a source of income, believing that the industry is labour-intensive, unprofitable and unattractive.


Plantations must innovate labour solutions to grow

Views - 118 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister Ravindra Samaraweera said the future of the plantation sector depends


Ceylon Tea Brokers brews best-ever results in FY18

Views - 319 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC has posted best ever results during the financial year ended on 31 March 2018, in addition completing and kicking off several key initiatives.


Dairy prices push the FAO Food Price Index up in May

Views - 31 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Global agricultural food commodity prices rose in May, with dairy prices jumping significantly. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 176.2 points during the month, up 1.2% from April.


General demand at tea auctions this week

Views - 81 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers This week’s auction volumes totalled 7.9 million kgs, marginally below last week’s quantity of 8.1 million kgs. There was fair general demand mostly at easier rates following quality. Ex-estate offerings were sim


Alma and Kelani estates establish new records

Views - 136 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Alma and Kelani estates established new record prices at the weekly tea auctions held on Tuesday (12 June). Alma estate established a new all-time record price of Rs. 840 per kg for a BOP1 grade in the Udapussellawa elevational category. This invoice


Bogawantalawa winner of Best Sustainable Product at Global Sustainable Food Awards 2018 in Amsterdam

Views - 151 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Leading the way in sustainability and causing a paradigm shift in the tea industry and the way it is viewed globally, Bogawantalawa Tea Estates triumphed amongst the world giants winning the award under the category of New Sustainable Product at the


20 actions to transforming food and agriculture

Views - 53 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

To help policy makers and other development actors accelerate progress towards global promises to end poverty and hunger, FAO has released a set of 20 inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on tackling th


Lankan industrialists off to Myanmar as part of $ 3 b rubber exports target

Views - 84 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is sending 20 industrialists from 10 manufacturers to this week’s global exposition in Myanmar for the first time as part of the country’s revived efforts to hit $ 3 b in rubber exports. “This is the first time that the Industry Minis


JICA strengthens good agriculture practices with study tour to Thailand for Govt. officials

Views - 94 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded a study visit program recently for Sri Lankan Government


Increased rice yield to support Sri Lanka’s agricultural rebound

Views - 44 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Following a series of climate-impacted yields, Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector is forecast to rebound in 2018, with stronger


Bayer takes over Monsanto in $ 63 b merger deal

Views - 59 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Frankfurt (Germany): German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said it has completed the acquisition of US-based


Asia Rice: India prices dip as Bangladesh production recovers

Views - 31 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): Rice export prices in India fell last week to their lowest this year on sluggish demand before


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Reaping relevant results: Reflections on ‘Mind before Action’

Monday, 17 December 2018

The recent political turbulence that shattered the prestige edifices of governance proved several fundamental points. For me, one such is the need to have holistic thinking with emphasis on far reaching implications before taking a crucial decision.


The quality of some justice

Monday, 17 December 2018

We must, if we are rational beings and not mindless beasts, treat the herd instinct with due vigour. In the week before the Incarnation of the Son of God, a Son of the Soil seems fit for Crucifixion. The UNP’s sleek bloodhounds, some crossover SLFP


JVP’s task ahead

Monday, 17 December 2018

Ranil Wickremesinghe has reclaimed his Prime Ministership, not because he deserved it but because of President Sirisena’s impulsive irrationality driven by hunger for power and because of a determined commitment by JVP, TNA and Muslim parliamentari


If the new regime fails to uphold democratic good governance, society will bark loud and bite

Monday, 17 December 2018

Let the leaders of the new regime clearly realise that the civil society and citizen voters are watching with eyes open, ears attentive, and minds alert, and the body ready to spring into mindful strategic action to establish whether the much hard-fo


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