SANASA Insurance partners GIZ to launch insurance app for local farmers

Views - 90 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

SANASA Insurance Company Ltd. has partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to launch iFarm, a simple and secure online insurance platform to support the local farming community. The SANASA iFarm application

Myanmar Government donates 15,000 teak seeds to Sri Lanka

Views - 27 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

Acceding to the requested of the Sri Lankan Government at the third session of the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between Sri Lanka and Myanmar, held in April 2019, Myanmar donated 15,000 teak seeds for the purpose of developing Sri Lanka

Philippines approves Golden Rice for direct use in food, feed and processing

Views - 40 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

After rigorous biosafety assessment, Golden Rice “has been found to be as safe as conventional rice”, the Philippine Department of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry stated. The biosafety permit, addressed to the Philippine Rice Research Insti

What is Golden Rice?

Views - 47 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

Golden Rice is a new type of rice that contains beta-carotene (provitamin A), which is converted into vitamin A as needed by the body and gives the grain its golden color. It is developed through genetic engineering and produces two new enzymes that

Govt. to double tea production by 2025

Views - 227 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 03:08

The Government recently said it focuses on doubling the annual tea production to over 600 million kilograms by 2025, while outlining plans to introduce new mechanisms of tea planting to increase production with the use of technology to enhance produc

Good demand at 2019’s penultimate tea auction

Views - 60 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 03:06

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers The penultimate sale concluded on Tuesday had on offer 6.2 M/Kgs. Low Grown varieties met with good demand particularly as the sale progressed, whilst High and Medium Small Leaf teas witnessed less demand with only a

Task force to address tea production issues

Views - 155 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

The Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Minister has decided to set up a task force to address issues faced with regard to boosting tea production. Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Minister Ramesh Pathirana recently held a discus

Minister outlines key decisions to develop coconut cultivation

Views - 89 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

Plantation Industry and Export Agriculture Minister Ramesh Pathirana last week outlined key measures to develop coconut cultivation and pledged to help stakeholders operating within the industry. He made these remarks at a special discussion with the

New $ 500 m global initiative by FAO to control the Fall Armyworm pest

Views - 32 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a pioneering initiative – ‘Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control’, that aims to mobilise $ 500 million over 2020-22 to take radical, direct and coordinated measures to fight F

TAMAP supports local farmers to move towards sustainable and productive agriculture

Views - 47 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

The European Union (EU) funds the Rs. 810 million Technical Assistance to the Modernisation of Agriculture Program (TAMAP) in Sri Lanka, supporting a move towards sustainable and productive agriculture. The program has been implemented by the consul

Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pest

Views - 93 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

Dealing with trans-boundary pests is tricky at the best of times. Standards, practices, capacity levels and engagement vary across countries and regions, and responses are often ad hoc and ineffective. However, matters become even more complex when t

19 Lankan firms on show with EDB at Anuga International Food Exhibition in Germany

Views - 42 Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:42

The Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate in Frankfurt facilitated participation of Sri Lankan exporters at Anuga 2019, one of the leading world food exhibitions held in Cologne Germany from 5-9 October. Ninetee

All-time record price for Hingalgoda Tea Factory

Views - 40 Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:41

Hingalgoda Tea Factory, situated in Hiniduma, Galle, achieved an all-time record price at the weekly tea auctions held on 10 December by securing an attractive price of Rs. 1100 per kg for a PF1 grade in the Low Grown CTC category. This line of tea w

Ceylon tea sampling sessions launched at Lenta hypermarkets in Russia

Views - 124 Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:40

A series of Ceylon tea sampling sessions were launched at the Lenta hypermarket chain in St. Petersburg, Russia on 29 November. The Tea Promotion Unit of the Sri Lankan Embassy in the Russian Federation, in collaboration with the Lenta hypermarket c

France to ban dozens of glyphosate weed killers amid health risk debate

Views - 28 Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:37

Paris (Reuters): France’s health and environment agency said on Monday it was banning dozens of glyphosate-based weed killers, most of the volume of such products sold in France, ruling there was insufficient data to exclude health risks. The ANSES

IRRI, IFA spark discussion on sustainable agriculture at COP25

Views - 23 Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:37

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), together with the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), organised Earth, Air, Fire, & Water: Elements for Sustainability at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held on 3 December in Ma

‘Sithaka’ fetches all-time record price

Views - 142 Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:37

At the Tea Auction held on 9 December, Invoice 2384 OP1 320 kg from Sithaka/Avissawella Tea factory fetched an all-time record price of Rs. 1,850 per kg. This line of tea was purchased by M/S Empire Teas Ltd. and was sold by Mercantile Produce Broker

FAO marks 40 years of representation in Sri Lanka

Views - 52 Monday, 9 December 2019 01:26

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) last week reinforced its commitment to partner with the Government of Sri Lanka and stakeholders towards realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Marking 40 years of its

Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy’s outgoing Chief recaps progress and way forward

Views - 247 Monday, 9 December 2019 01:24

Very broadly, the SLCARP is responsible for formulating the Agricultural Research Policy of Sri Lanka and to monitor the agricultural research programs conducted by various institutions in the public and government sector organisations in the country

Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

Views - 398 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our closed and insular policies. Assuming an

Ellawala Horticulture bags three awards at Mahaweli Entrepreneurship Presidential Awards 2019

Views - 28 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Ellawala Horticulture Ltd, the gold award-winning entrepreneur of the Anuradhapura District in 2018, made history again by claiming three coveted awards at the Mahaweli Entrepreneurship Presidential Awards 2019 held at the BMICH recently, with former

World food prices surge in Nov., lifted by meat, vegetable oils: FAO

Views - 23 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Reuters: World food prices rose strongly in November, lifted by big jumps in prices of meat and vegetable oils, despite slightly lower cereals prices, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food p

Wattegodde Estate sets all-time record price

Views - 105 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Wattegodde Estate has established an all-time record price at this week’s tea auction held on 4 December by securing an attractive price of Rs. 1,110 per kilo for a DUST1 grade. This line of tea was purchased by M.P.C.S. Pujapitiya and marketed

Sarada de Silva to assist East African spice exporters enter EU market

Views - 92 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Respected spice exporter Sarada de Silva will assist East African spice exporters to access European Union (EU) markets under an EU-assisted project, in his capacity as Consultant to the Geneva-based International Trade Centre of the World Trade Orga

‘Golden Crop’: A multi-stakeholder industry

Views - 200 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Introduced to the island in the late 1960s, the palm oil plant hailed as the ‘Golden Crop’ has taken the world by literal storm and presents lucrative prospects to Sri Lanka. How has this newcomer threatened the ancient dominance of coconut oil

Promotion of Ceylon cinnamon in Stockholm

Views - 131 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden, in partnership with the Swedish Master Chef Carola Magnusson, organised an event under the title ‘Ceylon Cinnamon – More Than Just a Spice’ on 21 November at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. The event

All-time record price for Mount Vernon Tea Estate

Views - 160 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:05

An invoice of High Grown CTC BP1 from Mount Vernon Tea Estate situated in Dimbula – Patana, at this week’s Tea Auction recorded an All Time record price of Rs. 670. The invoice was purchased by George Steuart Teas Ltd., amidst stiff competition f

India may extend onion export ban to Feb. to cap domestic prices

Views - 35 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:02

Manchar (Reuters): India may keep a ban on onion exports until February because domestic prices have risen after the harvest of summer-sown crops, which were expected to augment supplies, was delayed and damaged by untimely rains, a government offici

English Tea Shop launches Employee Share Ownership Plan

Views - 283 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:02

Established in 2010, The ‘English Tea Shop’ (ETS) brand of Amazon Trading Ltd., brings to life its passion of doing things differently by putting people and purpose before profit. Its mantra of ‘celebrating communities from farm to cup’ has a

Dairy sector to benefit from Dutch partnership

Views - 80 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:01

A cluster of private companies and vocational education institutes in the Netherlands have formally joined forces to facilitate the establishment of a Dairy Training Centre in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Animal Science, Faculty

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Autocatalytic descent from plural democracy to supremacist authoritarianism

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

In a few days, Sri Lanka will celebrate its 72nd year of independence from colonialism. But behind the pomp and pageant of that celebration is a sad reality of an autocatalytic process – a small initial event triggering a chain reaction that evolve

Trump destroying brand USA: Implications for Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

There is an old adage that ‘politics and tourism’ has a positive correlation. Many have tried to disprove this aspect but the relationship is coming out very strongly, the latest case study to the world being in the United States. Trump cost $4.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. In the name of freedom – the freedom of the powerful to exploit the weak, the rich to exploit the poor. The definition of freedom is, the condition of

Development project information: Public expectations and their right to know

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

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