Agriculture

Primary Industries Ministry commences National Food Production Program in North Western Province

Views - 27 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage with the officials of his Ministry commenced the National Food Production Program Week, at Talawila in Puttalam, Kurunegala, and Anamaduwa in the North Western Province on Monday 9 October and the program is ge


French President says EU glyphosate debate needs more ‘independent expertise’

Views - 45 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): France and the European Union need independent scientific experts to guide them on divisive environmental issues such as pesticides, French President Emmanuel Macron said, criticising some research as prone to lobbying pressures.


President promises special program to support northern farmers

Views - 22 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday said a special program would be implemented to help the northern farming community.


Bangladesh tea prices rise for seventh week

Views - 26 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Dhaka (Reuters): Tea prices in Bangladesh rose at the weekly auction for the seventh time in a row due to strong demand for quality leaves amid tight supplies.


Ceylon Tea Land harvests NCE Gold Award

Views - 28 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Ceylon Tea Land Ltd. could seize the Gold award in the Medium Scale category for the field of tea stock exports at NCE Exports Excellence 2017 organised by National Chamber of Exporters.


Court Lodge and new Hopewell Estate achieve all time records whilst Alma surpasses own record

Views - 42 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

The following estates achieved all time record prices at the weekly tea auctions held on 10/11 October.


Seven all-time record prices in John Keells catalogue

Views - 51 Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

Hingalgoda Tea Factory situated in Hiniduma – Galle, achieved yet another all-time record price of Rs. 890 for a PF1 invoice


4 new all-time record prices in Lanka Commodity Brokers Catalogue of 11 Oct. auction

Views - 291 Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:44

An invoice of BOPF sold through Lanka Commodity Brokers Ltd. at this week’s auction realised an all-time record price of Rs. 800 per kg in respect of teas coming under the Western Medium category.


Record price for Florence PF1

Views - 112 Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:42

At the Colombo Tea Auction held on 10/11 October, FlorencePF1 grade, in the High Grown CTC category sold at an all-time record price of Rs. 760 per kilo, beating the last week’s record of Rs. 730 per kg.


Global Sea Foods triumphs with Presidential Award 2016

Views - 59 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

The 60,000 square kilometer island of Sri Lanka is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, currently generating landings in excess 300,000 M/tons of fish. Of this the country realises over Rs. 30 billion


Tea Board Chief praises RPCs for overcoming severe challenges, calls for state-led improvements to w

Views - 40 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Addressing a gathering of the country’s most respected plantation industry professionals at the 163rd Annual General Meeting of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA), Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman, Rohan Pethiyagoda


All time record price for Dunsinane Estate

Views - 29 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Dunsinane Estate which comes under the purview of Elpitiya Plantations PLC has established an ‘All Time Record’


India’s Aug tea output rises 6%

Views - 22 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India’s tea production in August rose 5.9% from a year ago to 167.98 million kg as plucking activity picked up in the top producing north-eastern state of Assam, the state-run Tea Board said.


Fisheries Ministry launches several programs to increase fish production

Views - 27 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has launched several programs tomorrow to increase fish Production in line with the Fisheries Day of the National Food Production Week.


Seed paddy, maize seeds on credit basis to drought-affected farmers

Views - 15 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

The Government is prepared to provide seed paddy and maize seeds on credit basis to drought-affected farmers who are unable to afford it.


Forbes carries away 4 all-time record prices at Colombo Tea Auctions held on 2/3 October

Views - 57 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

Delmar Estate established yet another all-time record price of Rs. 800 for a Pekoe grade in the Udapussellawa elevational category. This invoice was purchased by M/s. Empire Teas Ltd.


Carolina Estate sets all-time record price

Views - 32 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

At this week’s tea auction held on 3 October, an invoice of PF1 from Carolina Estate, Watawala secured an All Time Colombo Tea Auction Record price of Rs. 700 per kg in the CTC Medium Grown Category


All-time record price for Dunsinane Estate

Views - 45 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

Dunsinane Estate which comes under the purview of Elpitiya Plantations PLC established an ‘all time record’ price for


J.S.P. Tea Factory establishes all-time record price

Views - 25 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

J.S.P. Tea Factory situated in Welipenna, managed by Piyasoma Jayasinghe achieved an ‘all-time record price’ at the weekly


All-time record prices achieved by Lanka Commodity Brokers at Colombo Tea Auctions

Views - 26 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

At this week’s tea auction held on 2 October, an invoice of PEK from Harangalla Estate, Kataboola secured an All Time Colombo


Hingalgoda Tea Factory achieves another all-time record price

Views - 38 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

Hingalgoda Tea Factory situated in Hiniduma in the Galle District achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 840 on two invoices of PF1 for the second consecutive week in the Low Grown CTC category at the weekly tea auction held on 27 September.


Concordia establishes an all-time record price

Views - 23 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

Concordia Estate Kandapola achieved an all-time record price of Rs.790 per kg for an invoice of BOPF in the category Nuwara Eliya teas at the weekly tea auction conducted on 27 September. This line of tea was purchased by Sunshine Tea Ltd.


Brombil Tea Factory achieves all time record price for BOPF Sp grade

Views - 35 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

Brombil Tea Factory, situated in Palawatte – Kalutara district, achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 880 for a BOPF Sp grade at the weekly tea auctions held on 27 September. This line of tea was purchased by M/s Shan Tea Ltd.


All time record price for Wikiliya Tea Factory

Views - 34 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

Wikiliya Tea Factory situated in Balangoda, Sabaragamuwa District, achieved an all time record price of Rs. 730 per kg for BOP1A grade at the weekly tea auction held on 26 September and was marketed by M/s. Forbes & Walker Tea Brokers Ltd.


Eastern Brokers sets all-time record for Kirklees Estate

Views - 32 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

At the Colombo Tea Auction of 27 September, Kirklees Estate had the proud distinction of achieving an all-time record price of Rs.730 per kg for a BOPF Grade in the Uda Pussellawa region. This line of tea was purchased by Tea Tang Ltd.


National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection blames CCB and CDA for increased coconut prices

Views - 16 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection vehemently denied that there is a control price imposed on coconuts and charged the Coconut Cultivation Board (CCB) and Coconut Development Authority (CDA) should be responsible for the increased c


EU and FAO improve capacity of local service providers to better serve northern rural fisher and far

Views - 21 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Centre, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the


MTI clinches International Tea Strategy assignment in Kenya

Views - 140 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:05

One of Kenya’s fastest-growing niche tea brands, APT Commodities has signed up MTI Consulting to further strengthen its internationalisation process as part of the company’s aggressive growth strategy.


Why do agricultural value chains fail? Part (IX): Failure to diversify

Views - 188 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:01

Agricultural value chains are complex. A well-functioning value chain means there are enough incentives for producers and sellers to engage. Agricultural value chains expand with time.


Sadaharitha’s thriving export business relocates to Maharagama

Views - 30 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Sadaharitha Plantations re-located its thriving export business, Sadaharitha Agri Farms & Exporters Ltd. (SAFE) to a more convenient location in Maharagama recently, demonstrating that diversifying has strengthened the business and brings much needed


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Is Iran a threat to global peace?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The aim of this article is to explore Iran’s nuclear program and its consequences throughout the world. Iran one of the nuclear power countries in the Middle East, which has brought very grave concern to the US.


Maldives forcefully voices plight of small island states at climate change conference

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The plight of small island states was forcefully voiced by Maldivian Minister for Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.


The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Budget proposals of the Unity Government under the theme ‘Blue Green Budget’ for the fiscal year 2018 are expected to support the achievement of medium-term targets such as Per Capita Income of $ 5,000


Starship budgets and the “Bicycle Brigade”

Friday, 17 November 2017

One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.


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