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India partners for first ever Temperature Controlled Cold Storage facility for perishables in Dambulla

Views - 423 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

The construction of the first Temperature and Humidity Controlled Warehouse Complex for Perishables in Sri Lanka with a capacity of 5000 metric tons capable of storing the excess harvest of vegetables and fruits was initiated by Economic Reforms and

SLAMERP Chairman speaks at International Rubber Study Group, Industry Panel in Singapore

Views - 69 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

SLAMERP Chairman and Managing Director of Global Rubber Industries Ltd. (GRI), Prabhash Subasinghe spoke at the International Rubber Study Group, Industry Panel in Singapore on 20 March. SLAMERP is an association created in 1985, to represent the ma

Colombo to host Global Spice Road Symposium 2019 in July

Views - 216 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

The GSRS 2019 will arise itself as a steam rolled platform for all local and global stakeholders to collaboratively initiate a significant revamp in the spice industry. The Global Spice Road Symposium invites small, medium and large-scale entrepreneu

Celebrating excellence at every level: Hayleys Plantations hosts inaugural staff awards gala

Views - 233 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked plantation group, Hayleys Plantations, hosted its inaugural Annual Staff Recognition ceremony to felicitate and celebrate the outstanding achievements of its 24,000 strong team of employees across Talawakelle Tea Estates

Bogawantalawa Tea set to become world’s first Climate Positive plantation company

Views - 848 Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:33

After becoming the first company in the world to secure Uncompensated Carbon Neutral certification for its tea growing, manufacturing and marketing processes, Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC (BTE) is now setting its sights on even loftier environmental

Tea label giants vow probe after Sri Lanka labour abuse exposé

Views - 111 Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:32

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups after an exposé found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unabl

Asia prepares for crop battle with Fall Armyworm

Views - 48 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Bangkok, Thailand: An insect that can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of maize fields, literally overnight, is sweeping across Asia – alarming smallholder farmers and threatening livelihoods – but the damage can be limited, the UN’s Food

Sri Lanka Tea Board sponsors Tea Masters Cup at Coffee & Tea Russian Expo in Moscow

Views - 82 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Moscow last week hosted one of the largest events in the tea and coffee industry in Russia and CIS countries, Coffee & Tea Russian Expo (CTRE). It represents the whole production chain from bean and leaf to cup. The event unites key players and repr

China to enhance agricultural cooperation with Sri Lanka

Views - 51 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China Dr. Qu Dongyu met with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku at the Sri Lanka Embassy Beijing recently with a view to enhancing cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of agricu

Cinnamon Legends opens another signature showroom in Mount Lavinia

Views - 88 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Legends opened a new signature showroom in Mount Lavinia to cater the increasing demand for value added Ceylon Cinnamon and other spiced products locally and internationally. The Chief Guest of the event was Minister of Social Empowerment D

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

Views - 120 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 - 161 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 - 60 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 - 53 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 - 25 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 - 26 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 - 71 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 - 422 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 - 226 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 - 155 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 - 101 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 - 53 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 - 50 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 - 150 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 - 476 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 - 31 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 - 111 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 - 42 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 - 74 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 - 93 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

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Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate

Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a

The messed-up lives

Friday, 19 July 2019

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u

Reimagining our reality: the last best hope for us?

Friday, 19 July 2019

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