Agriculture

Kirklees Estate amongst record books at Colombo Tea Auctions

Views - 65 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 - 67 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 - 148 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 - 92 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 - 53 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 - 29 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 - 29 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 - 35 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 - 40 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 - 71 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 - 276 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 - 66 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 - 159 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 - 44 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 - 50 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 - 30 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 - 241 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 - 110 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 - 140 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 - 93 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


Sri Lanka an example for plant-based diet: Horticulture NZ

Views - 114 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

As consumers shift to a more plant-based diet, a good example of how to cater for that increasing demand might be Sri Lanka. The head of Horticulture New Zealand, Mike Chapman, has recently returned from a trip to the island nation south of India. He


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

Views - 34 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


Australia’s weather bureau sees 70% chance of El Nino in 2018

Views - 49 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:49

SYDNEY (Reuters): A recent warming of the Pacific Ocean has led to a 70% chance of an El Nino weather event developing this year, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.


Crysbro sponsors Poultry Forum 2018

Views - 59 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Acting in its capacity as a leader in the poultry industry, Crysbro sponsored the recently held Poultry Forum 2018 themed ‘The Future of the Poultry World: Smarter and Greener Production’ organised by the University of Uva Wellassa. Held at the


Palm oil industry rejects vilification of crop as ‘baseless and unscientific’

Views - 88 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

The vilification of oil palm in Sri Lanka on the grounds of the crop’s purported adverse impact on the environment is completely unjustifiable, given that the extent of land under oil palm is just 1.1% of the extent under traditional crops – tea,


CBL’s Sera to augment quality of coconut consumption

Views - 77 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Ceylon Biscuits Ltd.’s (CBL) much-favoured brand ‘Sera’ coconut milk recently sponsored a workshop in Kurunegala, organised by the Coconut Development Authority, which operates under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture. The workshop main


Drought relief donated by Sri Lankan community to farmers in New South Wales, Australia

Views - 48 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

The dry rations collected through the joint effort of all Sri Lankan Associations, Sinhala Language schools and individuals, to be donated to the affected farming community of New South Wales, were handed over to the Lions Club ‘Need for Feed’ un


Pan Asia Bank finances drip irrigation solutions in Ipalogama under Enterprise Sri Lanka Scheme

Views - 88 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

Ipalogama in Anuradhapura, which is located in Sri Lanka’s ancient Kingdom of Raja Rata became the beneficiary of Pan Asia Bank’s latest venture to empower farmers with financing of drip irrigation systems. Ipalogama which has always contributed


Top industry expert challenges planters to create strong brand, use technology

Views - 291 Wednesday, 3 October 2018 23:35

By Charumini de Silva In a thought-provoking speech Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) Protem Chairman Dr. Rohan Fernando challenged the planters to create a strong brand in the next 50 years, making use of the momentum of the fourth industrial r


Lankan envoy meets Head of Russia Tea & Coffee Association

Views - 35 Wednesday, 3 October 2018 23:30

Ramaz Chanturiya, General Director of Rusteacoffee – the country-wide association of tea and coffee importers and producers under the wing of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, paid a courtesy call to Ambassador Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka on 2 October


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