Agriculture

The Ellangava Paradigm holistically defined

Views - 21 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

I would like to contextualise the book to start with. Let’s do that by carefully gazing at Sir John Keane’s 1905 map of Lanka showing


Asia Rice: India prices dip amid rupee decline, Thai rates soar on supply crunch

Views - 12 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice export prices in India dropped for a second week on sluggish demand and a weaker rupee


Kenya’s small-scale tea farmers forecast 10% output jump

Views - 43 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Nairobi (Reuters): Tea production by small-scale farmers in Kenya is expected to jump 10% in the year to the end of June


Swedish, Indian investors to boost ‘Grama Shakthi’ agricultural program

Views - 246 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:01

Foreign direct investment is presently being seen in Sri Lanka for a village level agricultural products program implemented under the ‘Grama Shakthi’ People’s Movement.


FAO Food Price Index rises for second consecutive month

Views - 19 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

The FAO Food Price Index rose in March, driven by robust increases in grains and dairy prices.


Mulatiyana Tea Factory establishes all-time record price

Views - 104 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

Mulatiyana Tea Factory situated in Mulatiyana, managed by K.H.G Mahinda Padmasiri & Malinda Padmasiri, realised an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 3 April by achieving Rs. 1,010 per kg for OP in the Low Grown category.


Triton Hills OP reached record levels

Views - 124 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:20

At the Colombo Tea Auction conducted on 3 April, a line of Triton Hills Orange Pekoe (OP) in the Low Grown category sold at an all-time record price of Rs. 1,010 per Kilo. This tea was purchased by the leading tea exporter of Ceylon tea, Akbar Broth


Best Performer Award to Watawala Tea Ceylon of Sunshine at Keells Supplier Convention 2018

Views - 32 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:18

Watawala Tea Ceylon Limited (WTCL), a subsidiary of the diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC, received the ‘Best Performance’ award under the Gold tier, at the recently-concluded Keells Supplier Convention 2018. Held as an annual event,


Monthly tea auction averages down Rs. 25 in March

Views - 60 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers March Auction average totalled Rs. 613.75 vis-à-vis Rs. 638.76 of March 2017, showing a decrease of Rs. 25.01. When analysing the respective elevations, High Grown average for March 2018 of Rs. 602.27 too shows a dec


India’s easing of sugar export rules could further pressure global prices

Views - 16 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India relaxed rules on sugar exports on Wednesday, allowing mills to sell abroad until the end of the current season in a move that could further drag down benchmark sugar prices. India, the world’s biggest sugar consumer, is s


Ceylon Cinnamon, Ceylon Tea to be recognised as Geographical Indications in Sri Lanka

Views - 97 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is the leading exporter of true cinnamon to the world and holds 80% of the world market share for true cinnamon. Exporters of Ceylon Cinnamon to the world market, especially the European Union and North American markets, have to face with t


Delmo upgrades with state-of-the-art hatchery

Views - 36 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Delmo Chicken and Agro Ltd., one of Sri Lanka’s leading poultry production and processing companies with its range of products marketed throughout the island under the brand name Delmo, has stepped up on a major upgrade in its capacity. The compan


Successes and achievements in Monaragala District

Views - 41 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations component in the implementation of the European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) is nearing its successful completion this May, 2018. The program helped low in


Finding nature based solutions to treat drinking water to support farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone

Views - 29 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Globally, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. Furthermore, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the environment without being treated or reused. This year’s theme for World Water Day


EU and FAO hold seminar to improve nutrition through agriculture and food systems in Sri Lanka

Views - 59 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

A two day seminar ‘A recipe for change – Improving nutrition through agriculture and food systems in Sri Lanka’,


Giant prawns on the menu

Views - 91 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

A newly-commercialised variety of giant prawn is fast becoming an important source of income for inland fishers in the Northern and Northwestern Provinces.


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

Views - 19 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 - 129 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 - 29 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 - 35 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 - 23 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 - 23 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 - 24 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 - 53 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 - 35 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 - 312 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 - 38 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 - 21 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 - 760 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 - 20 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


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Annuity-based PPP can expedite infrastructure developments

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sri Lanka has primarily relied on public finance for the development of public goods and infrastructure. While running


Is there value in surveillance? Ask the Chinese

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Global commentary would suggest that surveillance (whether offline or online) casts a shadow on personal freedoms and any conversation that involves such spy games quite quickly descends into a 1984-esque discussion about dystopian futures. However,


Mangala’s Gam Peraliya: Good move but essential requirement a village level database

Monday, 21 May 2018

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, announcing the Government’s decision to move for a flexible fuel price system based on international prices built into a pricing formula, made a side announcement as well.


New mandate to navigate ‘Nation’s management mentor’

Monday, 21 May 2018

I was delighted to be reappointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) for the second term of three years.


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