Agriculture

South Asia’s 2017/18 vegoil imports to hit record high on strong demand

Views - 32 Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:00

Singapore (Reuters): South Asia’s edible oil imports are set to climb to an all-time high this year as lower production in the region coincides with rising consumption to drive buying of mainly palm and soybean oils from elsewhere, industry officia


Carolina estate sets all time record price

Views - 26 Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:00

Carolina Estate managed by Hatton PlantationsLimited established an “ All Time Record ” price of Rs.740/-- for a line of CTC Medium Grown BPS grade at this week’s tea auction held on 28thFebruary 2018.The sale was conducted by Tea Broker Jo


All-time record price for Suduwelipothahena CTC

Views - 29 Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:00

Galpaditenne Tea Factory situated in Lellopitiya, Ratnapura, established an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 28 February by securing an attractive price of Rs. 700 per kg for a BP1 grade in the Low Grown CTC category. This line was


Why agricultural value chains fail: Failure to commit to policy decisions?

Views - 233 Friday, 2 March 2018 00:00

It is with great difficulty that we as a country arrived at the decision to abolish the fertiliser subsidy. The fertiliser subsidy


Agalawatte Plantations to raise Rs. 2 b via Rights

Views - 59 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

Agalawatte Plantations Plc is to raise Rs. 2 billion via a Rights Issue to part settle related party borrowings. The company’s Board of Directors has resolved a Rights Issue of 21 shares for every four shares held at Rs. 15.30 each. It involves iss


DIMO Agribusinesses expands footprint in crop care solutions, seeds biz

Views - 66 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

DIMO Agribusinesses, the agriculture arm of Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), recently entered into partnership with Plantchem Ltd., and Plantseeds Ltd., to expand its footprint in the agriculture business. The new partnership will enable DIMO


Habarana Village by Cinnamon introduces sustainable aquaponics farming model to Dry Zone villages

Views - 128 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Hotel chain is taking its overarching promise of inspired living to one of their key stakeholder segments at Habarana Village by Cinnamon, spearheading a novel initiative of sustainable and resourceful farming in the drought-ridden region. H


Govt. slashes lease payments for state land used for agriculture

Views - 72 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Cabinet this week approved to reduce lease payments for leasing state land for commercial agriculture purposes. Noting


Indian pepper traders call for raising of import duty of pepper from Sri Lanka

Views - 49 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

(ET) KOCHI: The spice traders have called for raising the duty of imported pepper from Sri Lanka as the dumping of the spice to Indian


Pedro Estate sets an all time record price

Views - 50 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Pedro Estate, situated in Nuwara Eliya, has established an all time record price at this week’s tea auction held on 21 February


All time record price for Nildalukanda tea factory

Views - 51 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Nildalukanda tea factory, situated in Gampola, established an all time record price at the weekly tea auction on 1 February


All time record price for Carolina Estate

Views - 41 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Carolina Estate, managed by Watawala Plantations, established an all time record price of Rs. 570/- for an invoice of CTC


Quick Tea Joins the Ranks of ‘Green Businesses’

Views - 35 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Quick Tea Private Limited, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s largest tea exporter for over two decades – Akbar Brothers Limited


Food Security: The new dilemma?

Views - 135 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Food security,as per the World Food Summit definition,is definedas “when all people, at all times, have physical,


Food Security: The new dilemma?

Views - 30 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

Food security,as per the World Food Summit definition,is definedas “when all people, at all times, have physical,


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

Views - 56 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:49

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 (crush-t


Fonterra’s pioneering local dairy development investment program tops Rs. 3 b in 3 years

Views - 37 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:49

Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka, the dairy co-operative behind Anchor, recently surpassed the Rs. 3 billion investment-mark in its commitment to building a thriving local dairy industry and boosting the availability of high quality, local dairy nutrition f


Dairy prices extend 2018 gains on NZ supply concerns

Views - 61 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:48

REUTERS: Global dairy prices have extended their strong start to the year, with analysts saying buyers were worried that unfavourable weather would hamper production in New Zealand, the world’s top milk exporter. The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) Price


Bangladesh tea prices dip on poor leaf quality

Views - 67 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:48

REUTERS: Tea prices fell sharply at Bangladesh’s weekly auction on Tuesday, dragged down by inferior quality leaf, despite a lower volume on offer. Bangladeshi tea fetched an average price of 188.44 taka ($ 2.80) per kg at the auction, compared wit


New Anthoney’s Farms expands to cater to growing demand

Views - 36 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:36

New Anthoney’s Farms has stepped up on a major expansion strategy which will allow the company to enhance its products offered and significantly increase its present capacity in all its operations, ranging from incubation and hatchery, farming thro


A right Royal debacle – Part 2

Views - 165 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:15

Acceptance on the fundamentals of becoming organised and creating a co-operative/public company structure by the farming community. This will necessitate developing leadership and support for the organisations


A right Royal debacle – Part 1

Views - 304 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

Yahapalanaya has moved from Royal debacles to a right Royal debacle, soundly defeated by the former presidents’ party SLPP


India lifts export curbs on onions as prices plunge

Views - 26 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): India will allow unrestricted export of onions, the Indian government said in an order on 2 February, as prices of the politically-sensitive vegetable fell over a third in a month.


EU well placed to compete in oversupplied sugar market: Tereos

Views - 20 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): The European Union is well place to remain a net sugar exporter over the medium term as its production costs are more competitive


Bangladesh to scrap planned rice imports from Thailand

Views - 23 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

Dhaka (Reuters): Bangladesh will scrap a plan to import 150,000 tons of rice from Thailand, agreed at $465 a ton in October, said the head of the state grains buyer.


Overview of tea industry in 2017

Views - 1450 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan tea industry witnessed a favourable year with an increase in production, and averages reached all-time high levels which was portentous to the industry


Southeast Asia a ‘hotspot’ for antibiotic abuse, FAO official says

Views - 20 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

BANGKOK (Reuters): Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food is rife in Southeast Asia, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said on Wednesday, warning of serious risks for people and animals as bacterial infections become more resistan


Ensuring food security in Sri Lanka: INSSSL Threat Lens

Views - 47 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

The Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) hosted a ‘Threat Lens’ roundtable discussion on the topic of ‘Meeting the Challenges and Ensuring Food Security in Sri Lanka’ on 23 January at the Ministry of Defence. The program


Reservoir sedimentation is on the rise with climate change

Views - 211 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

Climate change has posed many threats to the world and these threats seem to be increasing gradually. Increased frequency of floods and droughts, rising atmospheric temperatures, rise in sea level due to glaciers melting are widely accepted as real c


All-time record price for Suduwelipothahena CTC tea

Views - 38 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Galpaditenne Tea Factory situated in Lellopitiya, Ratnapura, established an ‘all-time record’ price at the weekly tea auction of 30


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Maximum Residue Level: Dilemma of agricultural product exporters in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Due to increased emphasis on consumer health, majority of developed countries such as EU, Japan and the US insist on MRL testing of food items which has to be done by the exporter. The Codex Alimentarius Commission which is an inter-governmental bod


East Container Terminal blunder: Learn from Chinese

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Minister for Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe informed the press in August that Cabinet has approved the development of East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port by the Ports Authority. According to approval: nPorts Authority would develop


President Sirisena, playing with fire, must take note that smoke will get into his eyes

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Penchant for playing with fire President Gamaralalage Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-turn and went round country blasting the party and its lea


Response to claims that Sri Lanka was in a ‘debt trap’ in 2014 due to ‘Chinese loans’

Monday, 17 September 2018

Several Western analysts have carried out a relentless media campaign in keeping with their own geopolitical agenda, to suggest that China was luring Sri Lanka into a carefully engineered debt trap.


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