Agriculture

Stepping up efforts in Asia to prevent re-emergence of rinderpest

Views - 27 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

Veterinary officers, animal health experts and scientists from 12 countries in the Asian region converged in Colombo


Bio wax and TFF take food security to greater heights

Views - 173 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:06

By Shannon Jayawardena Hayleys Agriculture and the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) together launched two innovative products, namely Bio wax and Tree Fresh Formulation (TFF) last week, taking food security in Sri Lanka to greater heights. Mini


New Zealand’s support for investment in Sri Lanka’s fisheries sector

Views - 55 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:05

High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka Joanna Kempkers said that she will encourage New Zealand investors to invest in Sri Lankan fisheries projects. The High Commissioner gave this assurance during a discussion with Fisheries and Aquatic Reso


Great Western breaks its record for BOP

Views - 39 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:02

At the Colombo Tea Auction held on 20-21 March, an Invoice of Great Western BOP improved their own record for this grade and set another all time record of Rs. 1,850/- per kg, for the Western High Grown category. Great Western Estate is part of Talaw


India scraps 20% tax to boost exports, cut inventory

Views - 25 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India has scrapped a 20% sugar export tax, a government source said on Tuesday, to help boost overseas sales in a year of surplus production. Last week Reuters reported that India, the world’s biggest consumer of sugar, would a


Issues faced by freshwater aquaculture taken up in Parliament

Views - 26 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama The National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA) has identified perennial and seasonal reservoirs appropriative for freshwater aquaculture in Sri Lanka. According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Re


Foreign experts conduct poultry knowledge and technology transfer workshop and seminar

Views - 39 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

A two-day workshop and seminar was organised in Colombo on 15 and 16 March by Fortune Grand Parent Farms Lanka Ltd. for its staff and customers (consisting of large and middle scale parent broiler breeder farms and hatcheries). Fortune Grand Parent F


Stepping up efforts in Asia to prevent re-emergence of rinderpest

Views - 59 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Veterinary officers, animal health experts and scientists from 12 countries in the Asian region converged in Colombo to renew commitments and take action against any possible outbreak of the rinderpest, a highly contagious disease that, throughout hi


Japan to uplift agriculture in Ampara and fishery in Mannar

Views - 56 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

The Government of Japan has decided to provide grants for two development projects to support livelihoods of agricultural community in Ampara and fishery community in Mannar, under the scheme “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Securities Projec


Plantation Minister emphasises need for weedicides to prevent damage to tea industry

Views - 330 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake says an effective weedicide is promptly needed to prevent further damage to the tea industry affected by the glyphosate ban as human labour to control growing weeds in tea plantations is costly. The Mi


Tobacco farmers call on Govt. to allow cultivation until alternatives introduced

Views - 71 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Over 300,000 members of the tobacco farming community called on the Government to continue to allow tobacco cultivation until an alternative crop matchingits economic value was introduced, stressing that they feared for their fu


Tamil members of Civil Security Department engage in paddy harvesting in Vavuniya

Views - 32 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:05

Tamil members of the Civil Security Department engage in paddy harvesting in Manmadukanda, Vavuniya, on 14 March. These combatants help the country’s economy as they inject more than Rs. 1,000 million to the economy annually. Rehabilitation and


Tea Swap trading begins in Sri Lanka

Views - 863 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:03

Sri Lanka became the world’s first tea-producing country to launch an official trial for Tea Swaps last week. A Tea Swap is a new type of financial product, capable of bringing stability to the tea price, opening new avenues for investment and gro


High fibre: India cotton exports gather pace as global prices rally

Views - 26 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:01

Mumbai (Reuters): India’s cotton exports have been gathering pace after global prices jumped to four-year highs, with traders in the world’s top producer of the fibre signing contracts in the last three weeks to ship over 1 million bales, industr


Poor farmers need better protection from costly disasters: UN

Views - 16 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:00

Kuala Lumpur (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Natural disasters such as drought and floods cost developing countries $ 96 billion in damage to crops and livestock between 2005 and 2015, highlighting the need to step up protection for poor farmers, the U


Matuwagala Tea Factory establishes all-time record price

Views - 72 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:06

Matuwagala Tea Factory, situated in Ratnapura and managed by Saman Upasena, achieved an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 14 March, securing an attractive price of Rs. 990 per kg for PEK1 grade in the Low Grown category. The teas we


DIMO and Mahindra roll out latest Swaraj tractor range in Sri Lanka

Views - 188 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:06

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO)together with Mahindra Group of India introduced the latest Swaraj tractor range to Sri Lanka recently with the unveiling of two of its latest models. Swaraj tractors are part of the Mahindra Group’s Farm Equipm


Farmers’ Federation commends Govt.’s decision to provide fertiliser instead of money

Views - 20 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:05

The All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation has commended the decision taken by the Government to terminate the subsidy provided for the farmers to buy fertiliser in the future, and return to the old way of providing required fertiliser directly to the farm


Bangladesh tea prices rise in last auction of the season

Views - 54 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:05

DHAKA (Reuters): Tea prices in Bangladesh rose on Tuesday at the last auction of the current season, snapping a six-week run of declines, amid tight supplies. Bangladeshi tea fetched an average price of 196.54 taka ($2.80) per kg at the auction, comp


India’s sugar production to be up 13% in 2017/18

Views - 20 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): India’s sugar production is likely to rise to a record 29.5 million tons in the 2017/18 season, up nearly 13% from a previous estimate, as Maharashtra state’s output could more than double, a trade body said in a statement. The


Navin serves indictment on RPCs with last chance to reform

Views - 235 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Addressing the first seminar on ‘Sustainability of Plantation Management’ organised by the National Institute of Plantation Management (NIPM) at its auditorium held on 10 March, the Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake made a semin


Brazil sugar mills start genetically-modified cane plantation

Views - 21 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Piracicaba, Brazil (Reuters): Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm behind the project. Develo


India’s 2017 tea exports up 8% to 241 m kg

Views - 22 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): India’s tea exports in 2017 jumped 8.2% from a year ago to 240.68 million kg due to good demand from Egypt, Iran and China, the state-run Tea Board said in a statement. India, the world’s second-biggest tea producer, exports CTC


Nelna becomes leading cultivator, supplier of quality mangoes in SL market

Views - 97 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Nelna, under its agricultural arm Nelna Agri Development Ltd., has cultivated 60,000 mango plants following Global Good Agricultural Practices (GGAP) in 650 acres in Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts and has achieved its first goal of becoming the l


HC issues Interim Order against Seed House over alleged unfair competition

Views - 83 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

The Commercial High Court of Colombo issued an Interim Order preventing the Defendants from using in the course


Dunsinane Estate surpasses own record Tea

Views - 40 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

Dunsinane Estate established a new all-time record price of Rs. 700 per kg, for a BPS grade in the western high grown


Matuwagala Tea Factory establishes an all-time record price

Views - 44 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

Matuwagala Tea Factory, situated in Ratnapura, managed by Saman Upasena, achieved an all-time record price at the weekly


Mulatiyana Tea Factory establishes an all-time record price

Views - 71 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

Mulatiyana Tea Factory, situated in Mulatiyana, managed by K.H.G Mahinda Padmasiri and Malinda Padmasiri, realised


Bangladesh tea prices fall on inferior quality leaf

Views - 26 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

DHAKA (Reuters) - Tea prices in Bangladesh fell at a weekly auction, dragged down by poor quality leaf, although the total


India’s Jan tea output drops 10.5%

Views - 17 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s tea production in January fell 10.5% from a year earlier to 17.15 million kg as plucking fell in the southern state


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Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the


Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o


In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


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