Bogawantalawa winner of Best Sustainable Product at Global Sustainable Food Awards 2018 in Amsterdam

Views - 107 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Leading the way in sustainability and causing a paradigm shift in the tea industry and the way it is viewed globally, Bogawantalawa Tea Estates triumphed amongst the world giants winning the award under the category of New Sustainable Product at the

20 actions to transforming food and agriculture

Views - 42 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

To help policy makers and other development actors accelerate progress towards global promises to end poverty and hunger, FAO has released a set of 20 inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on tackling th

Lankan industrialists off to Myanmar as part of $ 3 b rubber exports target

Views - 56 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is sending 20 industrialists from 10 manufacturers to this week’s global exposition in Myanmar for the first time as part of the country’s revived efforts to hit $ 3 b in rubber exports. “This is the first time that the Industry Minis

JICA strengthens good agriculture practices with study tour to Thailand for Govt. officials

Views - 59 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded a study visit program recently for Sri Lankan Government

Increased rice yield to support Sri Lanka’s agricultural rebound

Views - 31 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Following a series of climate-impacted yields, Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector is forecast to rebound in 2018, with stronger

Bayer takes over Monsanto in $ 63 b merger deal

Views - 42 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Frankfurt (Germany): German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said it has completed the acquisition of US-based

Asia Rice: India prices dip as Bangladesh production recovers

Views - 18 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): Rice export prices in India fell last week to their lowest this year on sluggish demand before

CIC Dairies rewards top distributor sales representatives

Views - 55 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

CIC Dairies recently recognised and rewarded their island-wide distributor sales representatives who had performed

India poised to unveil sweeteners for sugar mills, cane growers

Views - 10 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India is set to announce a slew of support measures for the sugar sector, government sources said

CIC Agro calls on policy makers to revert regulations on maize distribution

Views - 89 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

The recent budget proposal to allow the feed millers to import maize under a special limited quote has been met with resistance from CIC Agro Businesses.

New Zealand to spend $ 600 m to eradicate cattle disease

Views - 13 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

WELLINGTON (Reuters): New Zealand, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, will spend more than NZ$ 880 million ($ 610 million)

Dairy industry looks to stakeholder collaboration for progress and sustainability

Views - 65 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

The All Island Dairy Association (AIDA) recently organised a seminar on ‘Challenges in Meeting Emerging Trends in the Dairy Industry

Navin locks horns again for palm oil industry

Views - 164 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake reassured the industry stakeholders that he will fight for the 20,000 hectare approved for palm oil cultivation, insisting to follow up on the policy decision. “I will fight wit

Navin devolves rubber sector to State Minister

Views - 31 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Plantation Minister Navin Dissanayake on Friday announced that he will devolve the rubber sector, to his State Minister A.D. Champika Premadasa shortly. “I believe in devolving decision making to other people also. I have too much of duties and res

Dairy industry calls for reality check and proper regulatory framework to be implemented

Views - 85 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

The dairy industry called for a reality check and a proper regulatory framework to be implemented recently as they believe

Overview of tea industry in 1Q 2018

Views - 149 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

The 1st quarter of the Sri Lankan Tea industry saw an upward momentum with elevation averages superseding the comparative

Global tea consumption, production driven by robust demand in China and India

Views - 95 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:09

Global tea consumption and production are projected to keep rising over the next decade, driven by robust demand in developing and emerging countries.

Watawala Tea Ceylon celebrates exceptional 2017 at Annual Convention

Views - 82 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

Watawala Tea Ceylon (WTCL), the consumer arm of the diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC, honoured its outstanding achievers who have excelled during the financial year of 2017/18 at the recently-concluded WTCL Annual Sales Convention 2018.

Heavy rains restrict tea production

Views - 72 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

Asia Siyaka Commodities said persistent showers and overcast conditions have restricted production heavily in the low country.

International training for local onion farmers through KOPIA Sri Lanka

Views - 28 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

For the third consecutive year, the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Sri Lanka Centre organised

Tea auctions this week

Views - 37 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

The 20th sale of the year, which concluded yesterday, had a total of 7.93M/kg on offer.

Global warming may have ‘devastating’ effects on rice: study

Views - 34 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

TAMPA, AFP: As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin

Indian sugar producers seeking great access to China market

Views - 10 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Beijing (Reuters) - Indian sugar refiners and exporters will meet Chinese importers and processors in Beijing next month to discuss opening up market access, according to a statement on China Merchandise Reserve Management Center. The Embassy of Indi

Oasis Marketing gets 3 most important ISO certifications

Views - 22 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Oasis a company that is entrusted for quality and environmental friendly agro input supplies for the last two decades. The commitment and vision of their Managing Director Sumith De Silva along with his dedicated staff placed Oasis Marketing to the s

Navin calls on Chinese Govt. assistance to bolster tea exports

Views - 68 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake recently had an elaborated discussion with Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu during his visit to China to further strengthen bilateral relations and trade between the two countries. Dissanayake

Growrite Substrates initiates coconut planting program ‘Anagathaya Wawamu’

Views - 22 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Growrite Substrates Ltd. a proudly responsible business built on sustainable thinking commenced its ‘Anagathaya Wawamu – Kapruka Rekaganimu’ program in its journey towards a sustainable environment growth, and is currently setting up a Sustaina

Jaffna Uni academic staff meet Amunugama to discuss 4th Int’l Conference Dry Zone Agriculture

Views - 40 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

University of Jaffna academic staff representatives met Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama to discuss the 4th International Conference Dry Zone Agriculture – 2018 (ICTDA – 2018). This discussion was held at ministry office on Monday (21). This Confere

Hayleys to boost Gramashakthi people’s movement

Views - 30 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Flower Growers’ Association of the Uva province and Hayleys Company ensuring that the company will constantly purchase flowers from the growers at a steady price and that the company will provide

Europe’s largest sugar refiner to step up exports to boost revenues after price slump

Views - 21 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Hamburg (Reuters): Suedzucker, Europe’s largest sugar refiner, said it is suffering from the steep fall in sugar prices in recent months and plans to step up exports to try and compensate. “The drastic fall in sugar prices to a historically low l

Poultry Association calls for urgent Govt. intervention to regulate maize distribution

Views - 72 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Emerging as one of the fastest growing segments within the Sri Lankan livestock sector, the island’s poultry industry continues to make substantial contributions towards the national economy; however producers warned that the staggering 250,000 MT

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National prosperity through quality and productivity

Monday, 16 July 2018

I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.

Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte

Yameen regime in Maldives turns to Islamic countries for support

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Abdulla Yameen Government in the Maldives is turning to Islamic countries in a bid to resist pressure from the West and India to restore democracy as per their prescription, and to do their bidding in economic, foreign policy and strategic matter

Of Erdogan, Mahinda and Gota or the dance of the Vidayaka Janadhipathi

Saturday, 14 July 2018

We have been talking about Turkey’s Erdogan who recently won electoral support to be the country’s first Executive President. At the elections, Turkey began digging its grave. To be sure, one cannot blame th

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