Sri Lanka an example for plant-based diet: Horticulture NZ

Views - 24 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

As consumers shift to a more plant-based diet, a good example of how to cater for that increasing demand might be Sri Lanka. The head of Horticulture New Zealand, Mike Chapman, has recently returned from a trip to the island nation south of India. He

Chickens and eggs: Retailer Carrefour adopts blockchain to track fresh produce

Views - 27 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour SA has adopted blockchain ledger technology to track and trace chicken, eggs and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores, and will deploy it across all of its fresh product lines in coming

Australia’s weather bureau sees 70% chance of El Nino in 2018

Views - 34 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:49

SYDNEY (Reuters): A recent warming of the Pacific Ocean has led to a 70% chance of an El Nino weather event developing this year, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.

Crysbro sponsors Poultry Forum 2018

Views - 17 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Acting in its capacity as a leader in the poultry industry, Crysbro sponsored the recently held Poultry Forum 2018 themed ‘The Future of the Poultry World: Smarter and Greener Production’ organised by the University of Uva Wellassa. Held at the

Palm oil industry rejects vilification of crop as ‘baseless and unscientific’

Views - 47 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

The vilification of oil palm in Sri Lanka on the grounds of the crop’s purported adverse impact on the environment is completely unjustifiable, given that the extent of land under oil palm is just 1.1% of the extent under traditional crops – tea,

CBL’s Sera to augment quality of coconut consumption

Views - 22 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Ceylon Biscuits Ltd.’s (CBL) much-favoured brand ‘Sera’ coconut milk recently sponsored a workshop in Kurunegala, organised by the Coconut Development Authority, which operates under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture. The workshop main

Drought relief donated by Sri Lankan community to farmers in New South Wales, Australia

Views - 15 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

The dry rations collected through the joint effort of all Sri Lankan Associations, Sinhala Language schools and individuals, to be donated to the affected farming community of New South Wales, were handed over to the Lions Club ‘Need for Feed’ un

Pan Asia Bank finances drip irrigation solutions in Ipalogama under Enterprise Sri Lanka Scheme

Views - 49 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

Ipalogama in Anuradhapura, which is located in Sri Lanka’s ancient Kingdom of Raja Rata became the beneficiary of Pan Asia Bank’s latest venture to empower farmers with financing of drip irrigation systems. Ipalogama which has always contributed

Top industry expert challenges planters to create strong brand, use technology

Views - 271 Wednesday, 3 October 2018 23:35

By Charumini de Silva In a thought-provoking speech Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) Protem Chairman Dr. Rohan Fernando challenged the planters to create a strong brand in the next 50 years, making use of the momentum of the fourth industrial r

Lankan envoy meets Head of Russia Tea & Coffee Association

Views - 19 Wednesday, 3 October 2018 23:30

Ramaz Chanturiya, General Director of Rusteacoffee – the country-wide association of tea and coffee importers and producers under the wing of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, paid a courtesy call to Ambassador Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka on 2 October

Hayleys Agriculture shares latest technology, best practices of agriculture with A/L teachers

Views - 76 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

In September 2018, at the request of National Institute of Education, Hayleys Agriculture Training School; a training institution registered under the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), imparted the best global practices of agricult

Planters Chief says future of tea at crossroads; suggests way forward

Views - 190 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva  The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) last week emphasised that the failure to keep to the spirit of the agreement reached between Government and the Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) at the time of privatisation, wit

First mango cultivation zone to be established in Dambulla and Jaffna

Views - 122 Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:13

The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to establish the first mango cultivation zone targeting Dambulla and Jaffna areas. The mango cultivation zone will be established under the accelerated agriculture development program, “We Grow – We Eat”,

Indian Cabinet approves incentives for 2018/19 sugar exports

Views - 14 Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:12

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved incentives to encourage cash-strapped mills to export sugar in the 2018/19 season as part of efforts to trim bulging domestic stockpiles, a Government statement said on Wednesday. Prime Min

All-time record price for Ceciliyan Tea Factory

Views - 56 Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:10

Ceciliyan Tea Factory managed by Ceciliyan Associates Ltd. situated in Kalawana, Ratnapura established an all-time record price for a low grown BOP grade which was sold at Rs. 1,350 per kg at the weekly tea auction concluded on 25 September. This lin

Minister of Plantation Industries Navin visits Poland

Views - 63 Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00

The Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake visited Poland from 11 to 13 September. The purpose of the visit was to explore new ways and means to promote the Ceylon Tea Market share in Poland and to strengthen economic relations between t

Ceciliyan Tea Factory wins Gold at 2018 Tea Production Awards

Views - 247 Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00

The Ceciliyan Tea Factory, managed by Ceciliyan Associates Ltd. and situated in Kalawana, Ratnapura, was recently recognised with the Gold award for being an Outstanding Tea Producer at the annual Total Excellence in Tea Production Awards organised b

SL’s appearance in WorldFood Moscow exhibition concludes with spicy Ceylon Tea and friendly dinner

Views - 32 Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00

Ambassador Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka and the Trade and Tea sections of the Embassy of Sri Lanka wish to thank the following companies for their participation in WorldFood International Exhibition in Moscow, 17-21 September: Malwatte Valley Plantations PL

SL should take action to mainstream gender in agriculture policy: FAO

Views - 24 Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) recently stated that due to the extensive gender gap in the farming sector, action should be taken to mainstream gender in the agricultural policy in Sri Lanka. Acc

Sri Lanka may cut 2018 tea production target after weak August

Views - 201 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Sri Lanka may have to downgrade its full-year forecast for tea production after output tumbled 14% in August from a year earlier due to a prolonged drought, the state-run Tea Board said on Tuesday. The August decline meant output for the fir

Asia Rice: India rates tumble; Vietnam hopes to clinch Philippines deal

Views - 14 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): Rice export prices in India slumped last week as the rupee fell and demand remained weak with buyers expecting further dips, while low supplies and the prospect of a new deal with the Philippines pushed up prices for the Vietname

Improving the role of women in agriculture

Views - 61 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

A two-day training program on the integration of women in the agriculture sector was held from 17-18 September at the Taj Samudra Hotel. Representatives of ministries, the private sector, civil society, academia, and development partners took part i

Sri Lankan tea, coconut and spices exporters focus of attention at World Food Moscow 2018 Exhibitio

Views - 46 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

On Monday, 17 September, the 27th edition of the renowned World Food Exhibition opened at Moscow’s Expocentre. As one of the two key exhibitions in this field in Russia, World Food 2018 attracted 1480 agri-food sector stakeholders from 66 countrie

TEA Chairman calls for change in strategies

Views - 116 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minster of Plantation Industries, Your Excellencies, Mr. Ranjith, Secretary of Ministry of Plantation Industries, Chairman – Sri Lanka Tea Board, Chairman – Tea Research Institute,

Precision agriculture, AI key to SL becoming competitive

Views - 58 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

By Ruwandi Gamage Precision agriculture, 3D printing and Artificial Intelligence are three technologies both the Government and local companies should embrace to be competitive, improve sustainability and deliver development goals to Sri Lanka, a top

CEB’s coal obsession could see SL exit Paris Agreement

Views - 9 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

If the CEB’s plans to use coal for Sri Lanka’s long-term power generation are allowed to continue and the level of carbon emissions increase, Sri Lanka would be forced to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, said Dr. Ravi Fernando at the inaugurati

Sri Lankan farmers need localised climate forecasts to battle climate change: IPS

Views - 146 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Climate change and climate uncertainty has increased the demand for climate information products (CIPs) in Sri Lanka, an expert pointed out recently. Speaking based on ground level experience, Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri

India to surpass Brazil as top sugar producer, eyes bigger export share

Views - 23 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

MUMBAI/SAO PAULO (Reuters): India will surpass Brazil as the world’s top sugar producer next year, with the South American country losing its lead for the first time since the 1990s as its mills allocate increasingly more cane for ethanol productio

Protecting rice plants by exploiting their natural defences

Views - 19 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

An analysis of the chemical signals sent out by rice plants under attack by the brown planthopper could help in natural control of this insect pest Researchers in Indonesia have deciphered the chemical cues used by rice to attract a parasitoid that

Tea Exporters Association AGM 2018: ‘Thinking out of the box’ to herald golden era for tea industry

Views - 65 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

The Tea Exporters Association held their Annual General Meeting under the apt theme ‘Thinking out of the box’, at the Oak Room of the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo last week. The vibrant event was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wick

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

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