Lankem Ceylon Agrapatana, Kotagala plantations secure Rainforest Alliance certifications

Views - 100 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:29

Agrapatana Plantations Limited and Kotagala Plantations PLC of Lankem Ceylon PLC have been awarded with the Rainforest Alliance certification for meeting and upholding rigorous global standards concerning the wellbeing of its workforce, community and

ISO raises 2018/19 global sugar surplus forecast

Views - 36 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:27

London (Reuters): The International Sugar Organization (ISO) on Monday forecast a global sugar surplus of 1.83 million tons in the 2018/19 season, up from a previous estimate of 641,000 tons. The increase reflects “spectacular” production in Indi

Workshop on productivity improvement for rubber small holders successfully concluded

Views - 39 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:25

The first workshop on ‘Productivity Improvement for Rubber Small Holders through Adaptation of Modern Technology’ was successfully concluded by EDB in collaboration with Ministry of Plantation Industries, RDD and RRI in Kegalle on 31 May for 40 s

Jinasena partners with KAMICO of South Korea to assemble agricultural machinery in Sri Lanka

Views - 112 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

Jinasena Ltd., one of the leading water management systems and solutions providers in Sri Lanka, has entered into a partnership with Korean Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO) to assemble agricultural machinery in Sri Lanka for the l

Are plantations really in control of their organisational culture?

Views - 317 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan plantation industry has undergone some drastic management transformations over the last 60 years, which has impacted its performance at present. This is not to downplay the significant changes to external factors and internal socioeco

Prime Minister establishes Palmyra Fund to accelerate north-east development

Views - 68 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that 22,000 graduates will be recruited to accelerate the development of the general public who are faced with various hardships due to socio-economic problems. Speaking at an event held at the Temple Tree

EDB, Ministry of Plantation Industries, RDD and RRI partner to boost productivity of smallholders

Views - 50 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

EDB together with the Ministry of Plantation Industries, RDD and the RRI will be organising a series of workshops to give smallholder farmers the necessary awareness and knowledge on productivity improvement through adaptation of modern technology in

FAO helps countries measure climate’s impacts on agriculture

Views - 32 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Agriculture is highly vulnerable to weather extremes and disasters. In developing countries, the agriculture sector absorbs 26% of the total economic damage and loss caused by climate-induced disasters, according to one recent FAO study. Smallholder

Dilmah voted New Zealand’s most trusted tea brand for 5th consecutive year

Views - 286 Monday, 27 May 2019 01:52

The New Zealand Readers Digest Trusted Brand Awards are perhaps the most iconic and well-known celebration of what New Zealanders really think of the brands they buy.

Lanka Spice opens new ‘Mc Currie’ showroom in Horton Place, Borella

Views - 65 Monday, 27 May 2019 01:51

Lanka Spice Ltd., (LSL) manufacturer of trusted, high quality, authentic Sri Lankan spices and condiments has recently opened yet another ‘Mc Currie’ showroom in the heart of Colombo. The showroom, strategically located at No. 94, D.S. Senanayake

A case for reviewing plantation management

Views - 491 Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:22

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in

Sampath Bank partners with Department of Agriculture to strengthen Wayamba Isuru Farmers Market

Views - 68 Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:20

Leveraging local resources to promote sustainable agriculture, Sampath Bank PLC has stepped forward to empower an organic market called ‘Wayamba Isuru Farmers Market’ in Kurunegala. Produced under close supervision of the Provincial Department of

Singer promotes two-wheeler tractor Vikyno Farm Master

Views - 70 Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:19

Agricultural machinery has evolved greatly for the convenience of the farmers aiming at less effort and minimum expenditure. Singer, a household name in Sri Lanka, has introduced many types of agricultural machinery over the years, lifting the stand

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Views - 59 Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:18

Paris, AFP: The active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed-killer Roundup is glyphosate, one of the world’s most widely used herbicides that has become highly controversial because of claims of its links to cancer.

Reducing disaster risks in agriculture is a win-win for small-scale farmers

Views - 65 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

ROME: Poor farmers can obtain significant economic gains and other benefits by implementing modified farming practices aimed at boosting their ability to cope with disasters and natural shocks, according to a new FAO study released yesterday. Many of

Quality standards: Make or break point of Sri Lanka’s cinnamon industry

Views - 155 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

Cinnamon is the leading spice commodity of Sri Lanka. It contributed to approximately 54% of total spice exports and accounted for 8% of total agriculture exports in terms of values in 2017. During the last decade, Sri Lanka has dominated the world m

Going beyond agronomic research for plantation reform

Views - 290 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka plantation sector has been plagued by a number of recurring problems over the years which it hasn’t been able to fully resolve, including the issue of labour wages for tea plantation workers. The inability to find solutions to these p

India-Sri Lanka Foundation supports agribusiness development in Sri Lanka

Views - 97 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

A group of senior academics representing the Agribusiness Centre of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Peradeniya paid a visit to the Directorate of Agribusiness Development of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) to learn about

Nayapane Estate establishes an all-time record price

Views - 74 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Nayapane Estate situated in Pussellawa, has established an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 24 April, by securing an attractive price of Rs. 860 per kg, for a BOPFs grade in the Western Medium Grown category. Nayapane Estate ha

India hikes wheat import duty to support local farmers

Views - 44 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India has raised its import duty on wheat to 40% from 30%, the government said late on Friday, as the world’s No. 2 producer of the grain tries to support local farmers. The step comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party lo

Abacus Tea unveils staple-free technology for existing tea bag machines

Views - 55 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Abacus Tea Pvt Ltd on 9th April at the Hilton Colombo presented a ground breaking invention by making Constanta tea bag machines staple-free. The breakthrough is an invention by tea bag industry veteran and Abacus Tea Ltd. Chairman Rohan De Lanerolle

Let’s talk perishables

Views - 64 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

MIT Cargo Ltd., the exclusive agent in Sri Lanka for global supply chain solutions giant Panalpina, recently conducted a breakfast forum and panel discussion with key industry stakeholders focusing on the development of the perishable (fruit and vege

Planters’ Association responds to Thomson Reuters Foundation

Views - 105 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) wishes to respond to the damning indictment by London-based Slavery and Trafficking Editor Kieran Guilbert to their previous statement which highlighted facts, following a highly questionable and probably ir

IRRI, WorldFish, and IWMI commit to a food system transformation in Southeast Asia

Views - 48 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:36

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), WorldFish, and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) yesterday signed a five-year tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement provides a framework for cooperation on rese

Thomson Reuters Foundation response to The Planters’ Association of Ceylon

Views - 526 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:36

Thomson Reuters Foundation responded to The Planters’ Association of Ceylon statement published on Friday 5 April that claimed that Thomson Reuters Foundation’s expose on labour abuses on tea estates were false. Following is the response from Ki

Coconut Grower’s Association of Sri Lanka AGM raises concerns about the industry

Views - 104 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:06

The Annual General Meeting of the Coconut Grower’s Association of Sri Lanka (Gampaha Branch) was held recently. The Association once again raised concerns over the unrestricted import of palm oil which was adversely affecting the coconut industry w

Royal Cashews conferred international ISO 14001: 2015 EMS certification

Views - 41 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:06

Royal Cashews (Royal Food Marketing Ltd.), which is Sri Lanka’s first and foremost cashew processing company, was conferred with the international ISO 14001:2015 EMS (Environmental Management Standard) certification. This international certificatio

Fall Armyworm does not spell end of local agriculture, sustainable simple solutions abound

Views - 479 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

The breakout of Fall Armyworm in Sri Lanka wreaked panic amongst agricultural communities all over the island, however UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Plant Production and Protection Division Fall Armyworm Principal Technical Coordinator A

Challenging times for Ceylon Tea

Views - 478 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

The Tea Exporters Association (TEA) organised a seminar on the theme of ‘Challenging Times for Ceylon Tea’ last week at the auditorium of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The event was attended by Members of Parliament, senior officials of Ministry of

PA responds to Reuters ‘expose’ on allegations of labour abuse in the RPC sector

Views - 166 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) wishes to draw the general public’s attention to serious factual misrepresentations and inaccuracies initially published by Thomson Reuters Foundation and authored by freelance journalist, Lisa Fuller in h

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Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

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Friday, 19 July 2019

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