ADB, IRRI convene 3-country policy workshops on scaling up climate-smart practices

Views - 59 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in partnership with the national research and extension systems (NARES) of Bangladesh, Nepal and Cambodia convened consultative workshops in the three countries ai

CropLife Asia calls on region’s stakeholders to work together to address ‘unacceptable’ food crisis

Views - 45 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (ACN Newswire): With the release of the 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World by the United Nations (UN), new data has come to light indicating hunger, undernourishment and obesity are at critical levels globally and throug

Pan Asia Bank extends green lending and export avenues to papaya cultivators of Ambalanthota

Views - 72 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Pan Asia Bank,with its island-wide network of 85 branches, has been working closely with the agriculture sector in recognition of the significant contribution made by this community, which is engaged in agriculture and related businesses, to the grow

Visma Organic awarded platinum at Business World International Awards

Views - 71 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Visma Organic Ltd., one of the leading coconut shell carbonisation companies located in Sangattikulama Anamaduwa, won the platinum in Agriculture Export at the recently-concluded Business World International Awards held at Taj Hotel Colombo. Visma O

Elephant House enhances ginger extraction capacity boosting farmer livelihoods

Views - 89 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

For approximately 600 ginger farmers in the Hatharaliyadda, Marathugoda, Poojapitiya, Haguranketha, Gampola, Gampaha, Galle, Colombo and Kurunegala regions, Elephant House is their closest business partner. As the renowned brand of Ceylon Cold Stores

PA warns of irreversible damage to SL oil palm industry if seedling crisis not resolved in 3 months

Views - 420 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) on Wednesday sounded the alarm on the escalating Rs. 500 million oil palm seedling crisis, warning of dire and irreversible damage to the industry within the next three months if definitive action is not tak

Tea Board to supply 15 m nursery plants to cover 1,000 hectares by 1Q 2020

Views - 130 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The Government has begun an initiative to supply 15 million quality nursery plants to tea smallholders, to cover an area of 1,000 hectares by first half of North-East monsoon by 2020, in a bid to increase tea production. Plantat

Tea promotion levy to be split equally between promotions and replanting: Navin

Views - 104 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

By Chathuri Dissanayake The Government has decided to allocate 50% of the tea promotion and marketing levy to fund replanting, while the rest is to be allocated for promotional activities, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said. “

MOD showcases best management practices

Views - 126 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:46

Market-Oriented Dairy (MOD) Project held its inaugural Dairy Enterprise Day on 12 July to showcase dairy management best practices, recognise and encourage progressive dairy farmers and....

Rain water harvesting brings relief to four drought and flood prone districts

Views - 165 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:43

Life has changed for those from Kilinochchi, Badulla, Moneragala and Batticaloa thanks to the water harvesting project of the Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) which is nearing completion.

Maharashtra plans cloud-seeding as 24 of 36 districts face severe rain deficit

Views - 41 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:35

The Hindu Business Line: With 24 out of 36 districts in Maharashtra facing deficient monsoon and the situation worsening in the drought-hit Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, the State government has decided to go for cloud seeding.

Hayleys Agriculture provides practical training to AL teachers on bio systems technology

Views - 85 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Hayleys Agriculture together with the National Institute of Education conducted two programs yet again in May and June to share best global practices and new technologies in Agriculture with A/Level science teachers. The two residential workshops we

Fonterra’s world-leading traceability system a first for Sri Lanka

Views - 136 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

People around the world now more than ever want to know where their food comes from and how safely it is made. Reflecting this, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization established the first-ever World Food Safety Day on 7 June. Through a

FAO Food Price Index steady in June

Views - 45 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Global food prices declined marginally in June, as lower prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset a significant jump in maize quotations, and are now very close to their level of a year ago, according to a report by the Food and A

Plantations mafia and political path of workers’ struggle

Views - 169 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

By a Special Correspondent In an earlier account published by Daily FT (, we exposed the vested interests of Planters’ Association’

Planters’ Association of Ceylon’s right of reply

Views - 210 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) wishes to draw attention to the repetitive and terminal flaws advanced in two articles published in the Daily Financial Times which were authored anonymously and headlined: ‘Mendacious propaganda against w

1Q tea industry performance

Views - 238 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:36

By Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC The 1st quarter of the Sri Lankan Tea industry saw a downward momentum, with elevation averages decreasing to the comparative period in 2018. Tea production saw a decrease in the period of review whilst exports witnessed a m

Widespread and better demand throughout Colombo Tea Auction

Views - 82 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:35

By John Keells PLC With the improvement of quality, there was widespread and better demand throughout the Colombo Auction. It was encouraging to witness buyer support for the better teas on offer which also had a positive impact on the below best and

Rising production causes betel exports to drop

Views - 90 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent High yield and the increased numbers of farmers starting to grow betel leaves have reduced the demand for Sri Lankan betel leaves in Pakistan, Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment D

Maple syrup in Vermont: The story bigger than life

Views - 240 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

By Chitral Jayawarna Farming is an inseparable part of humanity. We are here today because of enormous progresses our men and women in past generations have achieved in the agricultural sector. It is the result of collective commitment throughout our

Agricultural output growth to keep food prices low over coming decade, many uncertainties ahead

Views - 57 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Global demand for agricultural products is projected to grow by 15% over the coming decade, while agricultural productivity growth is expected to increase slightly faster, causing inflation-adjusted prices of the major agricultural commodities to rem

Crysbro rewards efforts of top performers

Views - 48 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Pioneering Sri Lankan poultry producer Crysbro recently recognised the untiring efforts of its staff across multiple business units by rewarding outstanding performers who have played a pivotal role in helping the company meet its goal of supplying t

Hayleys Agriculture provides practical training to AL teachers on bio systems technology

Views - 101 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Hayleys Agriculture together with the National Institute of Education conducted two programs yet again in May and June to share best global practices and new technologies in Agriculture with A/Level science teachers. The two residential workshops we

Fonterra Future Dairy launches Dreamery to fuel new India ambition

Views - 48 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Fonterra Future Dairy, a joint venture between global dairy nutrition company Fonterra and India’s FMCG powerhouse Future Consumer, is looking to disrupt the way consumers across India enjoy dairy. To deliver on this aspiration, the joint venture l

PM gives Rs. 100 m Budget boost to palmyrah-based jaggery production

Views - 40 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

The palmyrah sector is an important sector for the livelihood development in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Although there are 11 million palmyrah tress in the Northern Province, they are not used effectively to realise the full economic potenti

Rs. 550 m for Ambagahawewa renovation

Views - 74 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:27

By G.H.M. Amarasinghe Rs. 550 million is set to be spent on the renovation of Ambagahawewa cascading tank system in the Anuradhapura District under the minor irrigation tank maintenance program “Sarawath Deshayaka Waapi Sangramaya.” A part of the

Horana Plantations ploughs forward with intensive crop diversification strategy

Views - 331 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:27

Sri Lanka’s Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) have typically been associated primarily with tea and rubber, and to a lesser extent, spices like cinnamon. Over the recent past however, both of the country’s main perennial crops have begun to fa

Analysing the role of leadership in plantation sector reform

Views - 374 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

Leadership is a topic that has always been heavily focused on in Sri Lanka, especially in the political sphere. In the plantation industry, however, this has received less scrutiny over the years. Last week in my ‘Beyond the Plants’ series, I de

$ 5 b annual tea export target optimistic but not impossible: Ceylon Tea Brokers Chief

Views - 455 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:10

Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC Chairman and industry veteran Chrisantha Perera strongly believes a $ 5 billion export earnings target per annum for tea in the medium term is possible though optimistic. This view was shared by Perera in the Chairman’s Revi

Sri Lanka holds symposium with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Views - 59 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:11

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden together with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) organised a Sri Lanka Symposium on 13 June at the SLU in Uppsala. The Symposium was chaired by Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Relations at

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Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the

Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u

Boeing in MAX-imum trouble

Monday, 16 September 2019

Boeing, America’s mighty aircraft manufacturer, is in deep trouble. The controversy surrounding the best-selling 737 MAX has refused to go away. The Federal Aviation Administration, the US aviation regulator, has spent over 110,000 hours addressing

Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Viyathmaga: Vision with an authoritarian zeal!

Monday, 16 September 2019

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has unveiled his national strategy or vision as a presidential candidate with an authoritarian zeal. This is clear from his Viyathmaga speech. He should be commended however for his fairly clear expression of views and objectives.

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