Agriculture

World’s fish consumption unsustainable, FAO warns

Views - 23 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation): A third of the world’s oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the United Nations warned i


Raw sugar sinks to over 2 month low after early selling spree

Views - 24 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

CALGARY/LONDON (Reuters): Raw sugar futures on ICE fell to a 2-1/2-month low last week, pressured by an early spurt of speculative selling that pushed prices down 1.7% within the first seven minutes amid lingering worries about abundant supplies.


Asia Rice: Weak demand weighs on prices, India rates near 14-month low

Views - 31 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): Weak demand and expectations of fresh supplies weighed on export prices for rice across most Asian hubs last week, while rates from top exporter India stayed near their lowest level in 14 months amid a weaker Indian rupee.


Agriculture requires Govt. to re-engage private sector to grow

Views - 281 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

Green Space Consultancies’(GSC) latest report, ‘Understanding Farmer Perspectives on Proposed Tobacco Growing Ban and Opportunity to Diversify’, underscores some of the deficiencies in Sri Lanka’s agriculture policy; a country which for centu


Tamil Nadu Global Food Expo and Summit in August lures Lankans

Views - 42 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

Tamil Nadu Global Food Expo and Summit 2018 organised a roadshow in Colombo at Hotel Galadari on 5 July with the support of the High Commission of India, Colombo. The roadshow was focused to strengthen the bilateral trade relations between the India


Royal Cashews opens first ever online cashew store in Sri Lanka

Views - 324 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

Royal Food Marketing Company, leading cashew processing company in Sri Lanka opens the first ever online cashew store in the country, ‘Royal Cashews Online Cashew Store’ at Nugegoda. Royal Food Marketing Managing Director Dr. Ruwan Wathugala grac


Jinasena breaks new ground with innovative irrigation systems

Views - 225 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

Jinasena Ltd., one of the leading water management system solutions providers in Sri Lanka, has broken new ground with the implementation of two innovative projects recently. These include designing and installing irrigation systems for Clearpoint Re


Navin discusses plantation issues and development with ADB

Views - 229 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 - 70 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 - 47 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 - 42 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 - 121 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 - 113 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 - 39 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 - 127 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 - 377 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 - 53 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 - 89 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 - 37 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 - 39 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 - 30 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 - 47 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 - 48 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 - 89 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 - 78 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 - 122 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 - 357 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 - 37 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 - 83 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 - 142 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


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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