Measuring rice yield from the sky

Views - 32 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

By Lakshman Nagraj Rao Nearly 70% of the world’s poor live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Target 2.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to double the agricultural productivity and incomes o

Craighead Estate achieves seven top prices at a single sale

Views - 31 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Craighead Estate, Udahentenna reputed for producing award winning Medium Grown Orthodox tea achieved the unique distinction of obtaining seven top prices in the western medium category, at the weekly tea auctions held on 15 May. The record prices ac

Tea Board steps up protection for Pure Ceylon Tea quality

Views - 494 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) confirmed yesterday that it will introduce a new foolproof method to ensure the quality of Ceylon Tea for the world market which includes a baseline and a validation of the test to detect sugar adulter

High praises for high achievers at CRYSBRO Annual Awards Night

Views - 19 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:13

Pioneer in Sri Lanka’s poultry sector, CRYSBRO Group of companies held their Annual Awards Night recently at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Auditorium at Polgolla, to appreciate the high flyers and to celebrate 46 years of unabated excellence in contributin

Pelwatte Dairy strengthens operations with new management appointments

Views - 54 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:12

Sri Lanka’s 100% local dairy manufacturer Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd. (PDIL) recently further strengthened its operations with the appointment of a new Managing Director and Operations Director at its state-of-the-art Buttala manufacturing plant

Bangladesh tea prices up at new auction centre

Views - 49 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:11

Dhaka (Reuters): Tea prices in Bangladesh climbed at the weekly auction due to strong demand and tight supplies. Bangladeshi tea fetched an average of BDT 216.14 ($2.6) per kg at the new auction centre in Srimangal on Monday (14 May), compared to BDT

MA’s Kitchen advocates continuous support of fair trade to improve farmer livelihoods

Views - 38 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:11

Built and grown based on the values of fairtrade, MA’s Kitchen, one of the country’s most trusted food processor highlighted the importance of continuously supporting and integrating fairtrade practices to create better livelihoods in recognition

Good demand at Colombo Tea Auction

Views - 87 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:08

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers Total auction offerings increased further to a 7.9M/Kgs. There was good demand particularly for the better teas. Ex-Estate offerings, too, showed an increase and totalled a 1.34M/Kgs. There was good demand and most t

Asia Rice: Vietnamese prices soar; flood threat could boost Bangladesh buying

Views - 31 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Bengaluru (Reuters): Export prices for rice surged to a near four-year high in Vietnam last week due to strong demand, while slow buying interest put pressure on prices of Indian rice. The threat of floods also raised the prospect of Bangladesh stepp

World sugar exporters prep review of India, EU, Pakistan support programs

Views - 18 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): The world’s top sugar exporters have initiated a legal review of government supports in the European Union, India and Pakistan that may violate World Trade Organisation restrictions on direct subsidies, according to an industry

“Think big” to make global food trade work for nutrition

Views - 43 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Global trade in food is essential for all countries, but the world’s trade and regulation rulebook needs to be rebooted with an eye to bolstering trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap, FAO Director-General José Graz

Innovative agribusinesses could drive agriculture modernisation in Sri Lanka

Views - 249 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Agribusiness can help drive prosperity in Sri Lanka – and we know just the entrepreneurs to do it. Over the last few months, we have seen over 1000 proposals come pouring in for consideration under the matching grants scheme (MGS) for agribusiness.

Field workshop for Sri Lankan onion farmers organised by KOPIA

Views - 43 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:09

The Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Sri Lanka Centre organised a field workshop for 100 selected farmers from the two model villages of Galenbindunuwewa and Bulnewa, where they visited a large scale commercial onion seed productio

India giving rice and wheat production vast support, US tells WTO

Views - 25 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:08

Geneva (Reuters): India is supporting its rice and wheat farmers with payments that are far higher than the amounts allowed by the World Trade Organisation, the United States said in a statement published by the WTO yesterday. “It appears that Indi

Govt. teams up with UNIDO to develop bamboo industry

Views - 48 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:04

The Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s Office, along with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), has launched a project to develop the bamboo industry in the country. The objective of the ‘Bamboo Processing

Amunugama requests private sector retailers to purchase vegetables from farmers

Views - 20 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

Following discussions between Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, Vocational Training and Hill Country

Global edible seed heavyweights converge in Sri Lanka for breakthrough Colombo Accord

Views - 86 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

More than 500 high-profile global pulses heavyweights who arrived in Sri Lanka began finalising the Colombo Accord – the biggest milestone in the global pulses industry.

IFF to buy Israel’s Frutarom for $ 7.1 b, nearing top spot

Views - 17 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

Jerusalem/New York (Reuters): International Flavors & Fragrances Inc agreed to buy Israeli flavours and ingredients

CIC Agri Businesses celebrate 25 years with ‘Sarusara Upahara’

Views - 152 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

CIC Agri Businesses Ltd. celebrated 25 years in the agri business recently, under the theme ‘Sarusara Upahara’ with its key stakeholders.

TEA welcomes removal of ban on glyphosate

Views - 39 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

The Tea Exporters Association (TEA) welcomes the Government’s decision to lift the ban on use of glyphosate weedicide on tea and rubber plantations. The association thanked the President and Prime Minister for the decision taken in the best interes

Asia Siyaka forges ahead as world’s first certified green tea logistics centre

Views - 54 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Asia Siyaka, whose 20-year history is founded on a reputation for innovation and dynamism and been instrumental in transforming the country’s 150-year-old tea industry, has etched a few more milestones to place the spotlight on the industry’s gre

Navin calls on global rubber players to take over future destiny

Views - 41 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake yesterday called on a powerful gathering of global rubber industry giants in Colombo, who collectively influence over $400 billion in sales, to collaborate with their counterparts

Hayleys Plantations’ Roshan Rajadurai awarded Best CEO at CMI Management Excellence Awards 2017

Views - 92 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

Recognising a career filled with outstanding achievements in leadership and innovation, Hayleys Plantations Managing Director

DIMO Agribusinesses opens its new office at Sapugaskanda

Views - 53 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

DIMO Agribusinesses, the agriculture arm of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), opened its new office located at Sapugaskanda

Producers and growers make sacred offerings of tea to Getabaru Raja Maha Viharaya

Views - 29 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayaka and Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development Sagala Rathnayaka

Navin promotes Sri Lanka rubber sector opportunities to China

Views - 204 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

A high powered delegation from China confirmed its interest in making joint investments in rubber industry development in Sri Lanka

‘Govi Hamuwa’ held in Morawewa, Trincomalee

Views - 18 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

John Keells Foundation organised a ‘Govi Hamuwa’ for the benefit of farmer organisations of the Morawewa DS Division in collaboration

Sri Lanka designated as a globally important agricultural heritage site

Views - 165 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Rome, Italy: A Sri Lankan agrarian system, the ‘ellanga gammana’ or cascaded tank-village system in the dry zone was designated

The Ellangava Paradigm holistically defined

Views - 36 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

I would like to contextualise the book to start with. Let’s do that by carefully gazing at Sir John Keane’s 1905 map of Lanka showing

Asia Rice: India prices dip amid rupee decline, Thai rates soar on supply crunch

Views - 14 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice export prices in India dropped for a second week on sluggish demand and a weaker rupee

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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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