Growrite Substrates initiates coconut planting program ‘Anagathaya Wawamu’

Views - 61 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 - 172 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 - 39 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 - 24 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 - 115 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 - 46 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

By Lakshman Nagraj Rao 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 - 49 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 - 519 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 - 27 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 - 95 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 - 82 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 - 51 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 - 92 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 - 42 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 - 27 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 - 51 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 - 386 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 - 65 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 - 33 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 - 59 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 - 25 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 - 106 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.

IFF to buy Israel’s Frutarom for $ 7.1 b, nearing top spot

Views - 28 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

Jerusalem/New York (Reuters): International Flavors & Fragrances Inc agreed to buy Israeli flavours and ingredients

CIC Agri Businesses celebrate 25 years with ‘Sarusara Upahara’

Views - 171 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

CIC Agri Businesses Ltd. celebrated 25 years in the agri business recently, under the theme ‘Sarusara Upahara’ with its key stakeholders.

TEA welcomes removal of ban on glyphosate

Views - 45 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

The Tea Exporters Association (TEA) welcomes the Government’s decision to lift the ban on use of glyphosate weedicide on tea and rubber plantations. The association thanked the President and Prime Minister for the decision taken in the best interes

Asia Siyaka forges ahead as world’s first certified green tea logistics centre

Views - 89 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Asia Siyaka, whose 20-year history is founded on a reputation for innovation and dynamism and been instrumental in transforming the country’s 150-year-old tea industry, has etched a few more milestones to place the spotlight on the industry’s gre

Navin calls on global rubber players to take over future destiny

Views - 57 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake yesterday called on a powerful gathering of global rubber industry giants in Colombo, who collectively influence over $400 billion in sales, to collaborate with their counterparts

Hayleys Plantations’ Roshan Rajadurai awarded Best CEO at CMI Management Excellence Awards 2017

Views - 157 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

Recognising a career filled with outstanding achievements in leadership and innovation, Hayleys Plantations Managing Director

DIMO Agribusinesses opens its new office at Sapugaskanda

Views - 104 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

DIMO Agribusinesses, the agriculture arm of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), opened its new office located at Sapugaskanda

Producers and growers make sacred offerings of tea to Getabaru Raja Maha Viharaya

Views - 33 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayaka and Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development Sagala Rathnayaka

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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.

Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca

The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.

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

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