Bamboo can strengthen and diversify the incomes of smallholder farmers: IPS

Views - 97 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

Bamboo has the potential to revamp the agricultural sector of Sri Lanka by strengthening and diversifying the incomes of smallholder farmers, an agricultural economist pointed out recently. Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) Research Fel

Sarnia Estate establishes all-time record price

Views - 151 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

Sarnia Estate, situated in the Badulla/Hali Ela sub-district of the Uva Planting District, achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 860 per kg for a BOPSp grade in the Uva Medium category at the Weekly Tea Auctions held on 12 March. This line of teas

Colombo YPO Supports Farming Community with Coconut Seedlings

Views - 57 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

A coconut seedling distribution project to local cultivators was organised under the patronage of the Young Professionals Organisation (YPO) of the United National Party (UNP) in Gampaha and Beruwala districts on 27 February and 3 March respectively.

French company Boccard to develop dairy farming and processing in Sri Lanka

Views - 46 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka signed a contract agreement with French company Boccard to develop dairy farming and processing in the

Regional symposium in IRRI SARC with private sector partners

Views - 23 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Varanasi, India: The International Rice Research Institute’s South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) organised a regional symposium on ‘Transforming Rice Grain Quality and Nutrition in South Asia’, inviting private sector representatives from th

FAO Food Price Index rises in February mostly on higher dairy prices

Views - 25 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

ROME (Reuters): Global food prices rose in February, with the FAO Food Price Index averaging 167.5 points, up 1.7% from January, in part driven up by sharp increases in dairy prices. The Index, which is an indicator of the monthly changes in interna

Sri Lanka participation at BioFach 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany

Views - 62 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

The EDB has identified BioFach as one of the best places to promote Sri Lankan organic products to the EU region and other countries. EDB in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany organised a national pavilion in an area of

Italy’s Noberasco to invest in Sri Lankan fruit, vegetable businesses

Views - 392 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan fruit and vegetable businesses are set to boost exports following a new partnership with the dried fruits and nuts company Noberasco. The Lanka Fruit and Vegetable Producers, Processors and Exporters Association (LFVPPEA) signed a Memorand

IFAD-financed projects contribute to improved agricultural productivity and incomes in Sri Lanka

Views - 216 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:06

Rural development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increased productivity and incomes in Sri Lanka, according to a new evaluation report presented today in Colombo. “In the decades

Climate smart agriculture to improve resilience and productivity in Sri Lanka

Views - 63 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:05

The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a $125 million credit for Sri Lanka to improve the resilience and productivity of agriculture for more than 470,000 small farmers in six provinces in the dry zone of the country. The provinces selected a

Japan to support water management system for sustainable agricultural production in Anuradhapura

Views - 94 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:04

The Government of Japan has extended $ 89,285 (approx. Rs. 16 million) for the ‘Project for Water Management System for Sustainable Agricultural Products Supply for Dry-Zone in Anuradhapura’ through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Secur

China to enhance cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of agriculture

Views - 45 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:03

Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China Dr. Qu Dongyu met with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Beijing Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku last week with a view to enhancing cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of Agriculture. The Vice Minis

IFAD pledges to further support Sri Lanka’s key plantation crops

Views - 39 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:01

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) yesterday pledged to further strengthen its support towards uplifting Sri Lanka’s main plantation crops conducted through its mission. The IFAD Mission program has invested $3 million in the d

Cargills leads the way in translating SL-GAP certification into practice

Views - 98 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:31

Every morning, Cargills sources around 140 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables, through 10 collection centres located across Sri Lanka. Beyond just buying produce at these centres, it encourages and supports its farmers to be customer-oriented, so t

Moray Tea Estate creates history for Maskeliya Plantations

Views - 413 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:30

At the Tea Auction of 27 February, Moray Tea Estate created history when a line of BOP grade obtained an attractive price of Rs. 1,150 per kg., in the Western High Grown category. This line of tea was purchased by Tea Tang Ltd. It is a significant a

World food prices rise in Feb, boosted by dairy sector: FAO

Views - 27 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:29

ROME, (Reuters): World food prices rose in February, lifted in part by a jump in dairy prices, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a ba

Sri Lanka seeks to reduce carbon footprint of tea industry

Views - 104 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:29

Sri Lanka, as one of the largest tea producers in the world and being aware of the industry’s contribution to global warming, is seeking to reduce its carbon footprint and foster sustainable practices in the tea industry, Sri Lanka’s top envoy to

Govt. to purchase 150,000 metric tons of Yala Season paddy

Views - 38 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:00

The Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) has commenced purchasing the Yala Season paddy harvest from farmers in several areas of the country. The PMB says it expects to purchase 150,000 metric tons of paddy this season, and that the Government has allocated R

Over 60 Sri Lankan companies participate in Gulf Food 2019 in Dubai

Views - 54 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:00

Over 60 food and beverage exporting companies from Sri Lanka successfully participated in the 24th edition of Gulf Food 2019 trade exhibition which is considered as the world’s biggest food and drink event held annually. The exhibition was held at

LFVPPEA opens up opportunities for value addition of fruits and vegetables

Views - 82 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

The findings of a feasibility study for value addition and strategic plan for LFVPPEA is presented to stakeholders at Renuka Hotel in Colombo on 26 February. More than 40 stakeholders from private and public sectors, development partners, buyers, int

Pro-Food Pro-Pack ascends to become Sri Lanka’s largest industrial masterpiece

Views - 40 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

Eighteen years since it was initially launched and thereafter driven by the Industry and Commerce Ministry, the Pro-Food Pro-Pack expo series has now become the country’s largest exhibition event for its manufacturing sector. “Pro Food Pro Pack

Hayleys Plantations reaps shines at Social Dialogue and Workplace Cooperation Awards

Views - 188 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

Hayleys Plantations recorded another highly successful performance at the recently concluded Social Dialogue and Workplace Cooperation Awards, organised by the Department of Labour at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, walking away with the highest

Venture Green to take organic products into new markets

Views - 545 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

Venture Green is to expand its value added organic products including its herbal tea products into new regions in the world. Venture Green Global Ltd. is a company focused on exporting value added primary goods from Sri Lanka under its brand. The thr

MTI team in London for ‘Teatailing’ study 

Views - 39 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

A team of MTI Consultants are in the UK this week for a multi-stakeholder, multi-channel study of organic tea retailing in the country. Given the trending towards organics, sustainability, and veganism, MTI expects these currently niche segments to b

Sri Lanka aims to boost Ceylon black tea exports to China

Views - 123 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:43

COLOMBO (Xinhua): Sri Lanka aims to increase exports of its popular Ceylon black tea to China and will launch a mega digital advertising campaign across China by May, Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Lucille Wijewardena said last week. He told Xinhua tha

Russia, Sri Lanka halt Indian grape imports over pest certificate

Views - 39 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:41

Grape exporters in the country are in a tight spot in the middle of the season with Russia and Sri Lanka demanding pest-free area certificates. According to exporters, containers from India are lying uncleared for the past couple of weeks in the port

Inverness achieves record price for FBOP

Views - 209 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

An Invoice of Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (FBOP) grade offered at the Colombo Tea Auction held on 18 February, for sale under the INVERNESS mark, achieved an All-Time record price of Rs. 1,500 per kg. Inverness teas are known for their high quality

Wattegodde Estate sets all time record price

Views - 100 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Wattegodde Estate has established an all-time record price at this week’s tea auction held on 20 February by securing an attractive price of Rs. 830 per kilo for a BOP SP grade. This line of teas was purchased by Heritage Teas and marketed by Jo

Pedro Estate sets all time record price

Views - 130 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Pedro Estate situated in Nuwara Eliya has established an all-time record price at this week›s tea auction held on 20 February, by securing an attractive price of  Rs. 1,250 per kilo for a BOP grade selling under the “Lovers’ Leap” mark.

PA commends capacity of new wage model to raise worker income above Rs. 1,000

Views - 256 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

Following the recent conclusion of negotiations around a new Collective Agreement between Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) and estate sector trade unions, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) called on all stakeholders to take meaningful me

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