WHO study likens palm oil lobbying to tobacco and alcohol industries

Views - 80 Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:47

GENEVA (Reuters): The palm oil industry is deploying tactics similar to those of the alcohol and tobacco industries to influence research into the health effects of its product, a study published by the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Evid

Sri Lanka announces 1Q19 fertiliser prices

Views - 67 Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:46

Argus Media has announced that the Sri Lankan Government has declared the maximum price that private-sector importers can pay for imported cargoes for the 1Q19. Argus Media reported: “The Government has reduced the ceiling price for imported urea t

Dutch dairy sector trade delegation to visit Sri Lanka

Views - 125 Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:46

A delegation from the dairy sector in the Netherlands will be visiting Sri Lanka during the period of 14 to 17 January. The delegation will include companies specialising in storage of feed, processing and cooling equipment, technology consultation,

Three things to remember when working with farmers in establishing agricultural value chains

Views - 372 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:08

What is the most important element in an agricultural value chain? An agricultural value chain is a collection of many stakeholders. Some of these stakeholders are rent seekers, such as the middle tradesman, transporters and buyers (including exporte

Navin reappoints CDA and TSHDA Chairmen

Views - 246 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:06

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake has reappointed Udaya Rupasinghe as the Chairman of the Coconut Development Authority (CDA) and Wijeratne Devagedara as the Chairman of the Tea Smallholdings Development Authority (TSHDA). The appoi

Malaysia reviewing palm oil export taxes amid bulging stockpiles

Views - 76 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:03

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters): Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, is reviewing the duty structure for its exports of the edible oil, according to its minister in charge of agriculture produced for export, to boost demand and reduce bu

FAO urges to scale up response to climate change in agricultural sectors

Views - 44 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:03

The world must scale up the response to climate change, particularly in agricultural sectors, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo told delegates at a high-level side-event of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowic

Longer shelf life for fruits and vegetables with Bio-Wax from Hayleys ‘Govi Aruna Naturals’

Views - 89 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:02

Bio-Wax approved by the Department of Agriculture is a novel formulation developed by the Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka. Bio-Wax is an edible coating and has been produced with the use of nano-technology and comprises of beeswax, cinna

Tea industry’s performance in 2018 and prospects for 2019

Views - 1927 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:43

Year 2018 began with a lot of optimism in the backdrop of an excellent year (2017) that was witnessed in terms of tea prices. The first quarter commenced on a high, with the quarterly auction average being recorded as the highest ever. However, as th

FAO and WFO to help farmers drive global agricultural agenda

Views - 53 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have reaffirmed their commitment to help farmers become the drivers of the global agricultural agenda. The new FAO-WFO agreement will focus on supporting a

Hayleys Plantations records historic wins at National Business Excellence Awards 2018

Views - 81 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

Consolidating its reputation as one of Sri Lanka’s most respected tea producers, Hayleys Plantations made history after its subsidiary Talawakele Tea Estates PLC (TTEL) was presented with the award for Overall Excellence at the recently-concluded N

Hayleys Agriculture continues its training programs with A/L science teachers

Views - 98 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

In response to a request made by the National Institute of Education in September, Hayleys Agriculture Training School; a training institution registered under the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), conducted yet another training pr

Sri Lanka takes a giant leap in mechanisation of agriculture

Views - 185 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

There are continuous expectations and growing demands for greater productivity, more choices, more comfort and more yield in the agriculture industry – around the world and in Sri Lanka.Mechanisation is a crucial input for agricultural crop product

Athukorala Group bags a triple at Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony

Views - 65 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Athukorala Group which is 25 years old and a prominent tea exporter of Sri Lanka bagged three awards at the recently concluded awards ceremony organised by Hambantota district Chamber of Commerce held at Grand Hotel Navro in Matara. The triple awards

SLAF conducts first ever aerial seed bombing operation

Views - 662 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Air Force, under the leadership and initiative of Air Force Commander Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy, conducted Sri Lanka’s first ever ‘seed bombing’ operation in Nochchiagama this morning. The SLAF has been actively involved in a

Record volume, good demand at penultimate tea auctions of 2018

Views - 87 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers The penultimate sale of the year has concluded; it had on offer 7 m/kg, which records the largest volume on offer since June 2018. There was good demand. Ex-Estate offerings comprised of 1.1 m/kg recording a gain over

Market-Oriented Dairy Project facilitates unique business model for commercial fodder cultivators

Views - 142 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

With its primary objective to strengthen and grow the country’s dairy sector, the Market-Oriented Dairy (MOD) Project announced the signing of a buyer-seller agreement between Lanka Forages Ltd. and fodder cultivators in the northern region recentl

‘Harvest 2018’ modern agricultural exhibition opens under President’s patronage

Views - 67 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:11

‘Harvest 2018’, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture with the intention to build a modern culture in agriculture, was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference (BMICH) yesterday.

EDB holds ornamental plant production program for export

Views - 83 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Export Development Board in collaboration with National Plant Quarantine Service (NPQS), Department of National Botanic Gardens (DNBG) and Sri Lanka floriculture industry experts organised a full-day workshop on production of ornamental pla

MTI advises on Tea Soda launch in USA

Views - 95 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:31

Teatulia USA has just launched ‘Tea Soda’, a breakthrough innovation that is bound to challenge the ready-to-drink tea/beverage market in the USA, starting with a test market in Denver. MTI is currently advising Teatulia USA on their business and

New FAO-China South-South Cooperation Project launched to strengthen fruit value chain in Sri Lanka

Views - 57 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:29

The signing ceremony of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Tripartite Agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the People’s Republic of China, and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka took pl

Worker earnings tip over Rs. 80,000 per month through revenue-shared scheme on RPC managed estates

Views - 277 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Estate workers on Regional Plantation Companies (RPC) managed estates have earned as much as Rs. 89,000 in the last month alone by working on tea fields that have been allocated to them on a revenue-share scheme. Top 20 pluckers from a hill country e

Paddy Marketing Board launches ‘PMB Rice’ brand

Views - 59 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The Paddy Marketing Board has launched an official rice brand, prepared under the trade name ‘PMB Rice’. The first pack was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena by Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday at the President’s O

Akshata distributes 10,000 kg of low-GI, non-GMO paddy seeds

Views - 60 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Akshata, in its drive to increase low-GI rice varieties that are high in antioxidants with medical properties, expanded its farmer base by eight fold, distributing 10,000 kg of paddy seed free of charge and benefitting 200 new farmers. The project w

China signs pact with India to inspect fish meal, fish oil imports

Views - 42 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India and China on Wednesday signed an agreement allowing Beijing to inspect imports of Indian fish meal and fish oil, as the two nations work out a broader trade deal following a thaw in relations this year. The decision was part o

Greece eyes pot of gold as medicinal cannabis licensed

Views - 51 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

ATHENS, REUTERS: Greece this week issued the first licences to private companies for growing medicinal cannabis in the country, part of an attempt to tap a burgeoning market worth billions. Greece legalised cannabis for medical use last year and in

NOCU organises awareness workshop on organic farming for international market prospects

Views - 90 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

NOCU organised an awareness workshop for the stakeholders engaged in organic agriculture related activities to educate them on the role of NOCU and international market prospects for organic agriculture products. The workshop was held on 29 November

Will agricultural tax cuts help agriculture?

Views - 62 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

My history textbooks told me that Sri Lanka used to be called the “Granary of the East”. In fact, that is still an oft-cited phrase when talking about Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector. But today, local agriculture faces a declining and sometimes

Avissawella Tea Factory establishes another all-time record price

Views - 101 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

Avissawella Tea Factory, though situated in the ancient Seethawaka kingdom, is the only tea factory comes under the Colombo District. This beautiful and well-organised tea factory is located in the Industrial Zone of Avissawella. Sithaka Tea Factory

Dave Group reinforces partnership with John Deere to transform agriculture industry in SL

Views - 114 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

Agricultural equipment specialists Dave Group yesterday outlined their future plans with their technologically superior American tractor brand John Deere set to introduce innovative agriculture methodologies to transform the cultivation industry of S

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Making Sri Lanka go to the ‘MICE’

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Whilst Sri Lanka continues to show a year-on-year growth in tourists, the focus thus far has only been on the number of tourists coming in, instead of the cash inflow and subsequent economic development. As of 2018, the local tourism sector is said t

Govt.’s 2019 Budget proposals are detrimental to women and children

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The focus and attempt to create a gender-progressive Budget this fiscal year is indeed welcome. However, reading through the Budget proposals, it is alarming to see how many of its allocations to address women’s issues tend to further discriminate

AI and political marketing

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Artificial Intelligence has become a hot topic in the recent past in Sri Lanka, with an eminent business personality explaining how his companies like Singer and HAYLEYS are using this technology to better serve the customers. Let me do a deep dive i

Worms destroying agriculture

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

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