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Dilmah wins Product of the Year in Australia

Views - 2247 Thursday, 21 November 2019 01:27

Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando accepted the prestigious Australian Consumer Award for Product of the Year for Dilmah’s Natural Infusions, last week in Sydney. The Product of the Year accepts entries every year from products from around the wor


Sri Lanka features non-traditional exports and Ceylon tea at Commonwealth Fair 2019 in London

Views - 53 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:52

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London participated in the annual Commonwealth Fair organised by the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) in association with the High Commission of Bangladesh, under the theme ‘Empower Girls for Global Peace’ a


Yunnan Green Food Promotion and Conference concludes on a high note

Views - 33 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:14

Yunnan Green Food Promotion and Conference, two events which were aimed at promoting fresh, healthy and organic green food and flowers from Yunnan Province in China, concluded in Colombo on a high note recently.


Revival of ailing pepper industry a daunting task for the two presidential candidates

Views - 147 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

By J.A.A.S. Ranasinghe The traditional pepper export market is badly hit by the over production of pepper by the pepper producing countries and the wrong economic policies of the present Government and the two main contenders of the SLPP and UNP have


Saudi Food and Drugs Authority invites Sri Lanka to expand food exports to the Kingdom

Views - 146 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim called on President/CEO of Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Professor Hisham Saad Aljadhey on 30 October to discuss the modalities in expanding th


Pothotuwa Tea Factory establishes new all-time record

Views - 74 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

The Pothotuwa Tea Factory achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 2,000 for a Low Grown OP1 grade, surpassing the previous record of Rs. 1,700, at the weekly tea auctions held on 11 and 13 October. This line of tea was purchased by Euro Scan Export


Sri Lanka Food Processors Association holds 22nd AGM

Views - 32 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Food Processors Association recently held its 22nd Annual General Meeting at the Winchester Hall of the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. Founded in 1997 as an advocacy group, the Sri Lanka Food Processors’ Association currently consists o


Hayleys Plantations wins Great HR Practices for 2nd consecutive year

Views - 38 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Leading Sri Lankan regional plantation company Hayleys Plantations continued to set new benchmarks for the domestic industry, bagging the Gold Award for Great HR Practices for the second consecutive year at the recently concluded Chartered Institute


Dirisaviya Awards caps off Crysbro’s annual farmer empowerment drive

Views - 24 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Trailblazing Sri Lankan poultry producer Crysbro once again recognised the efforts of small-scale maize and poultry businesses when it staged its annual Dirisaviya Awards over three days this month in various parts of the country. The first of the th


All-time record price for New Vithanakande OP1

Views - 33 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

The market continues to recognise the best teas on offer and stylish Low Growns attracted premium prices once again at the Colombo Tea Auction held from 11-13 November. An invoice of New Vithanakande OP1 improved its own record for this grade by ach


ADB-IRRI eye increased investments for sustainable agriculture technologies

Views - 29 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have recently completed a technical assistance project which aims to help governments identify and prioritise appropriate climate-resilient agricultural technologie


World Food Program celebrates 50 years of partnership in Sri Lanka

Views - 70 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

The UN World Food Program’s 50 years of partnership in Sri Lanka was commemorated by the Government with the release of a commemorative stamp. The event was graced by dignitaries from the Government, the UN, and other development organisations. No


Ban on tobacco cultivation: A blessing in disguise for Lankan farmers

Views - 207 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

By Manoj Thibbotuwawa and Nimesha Dissanayaka While the topic of tobacco control is mentioned in some of the main presidential candidates’ manifestos, it is uncertain whether they will honour the commitment made in 2017 to ban tobacco cultivation b


Misconception of Tea Auction and export prices

Views - 275 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:42

By Tea Exporters Association The sustainability of Ceylon Tea or the Sri Lankan tea industry depends on how efficiently and effectively it can adapt to match the changing global consumer preferences and consumption patterns. The tea industry needs t


Haycarb records turnover of Rs. 11.3 b, PBT of Rs. 844.9 m for H1 2019/20

Views - 25 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan multinational Haycarb PLC reported revenue of Rs. 11.3 billion and profit before tax of Rs. 844.9 million for the for the six months ending 30 September 2019. The profit after tax stood at Rs. 656.7 million. Haycarb PLC Managing Dire


ComBank and Hayleys Agriculture support SMEs with new leasing promo

Views - 53 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd., two leaders in their respective fields, have come together once again to offer entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector an opportunity to purchase new equipment or upgrade existing m


Elpitiya Plantations sets its sights on becoming world’s leading sustainable plantation by 2025

Views - 70 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Steeped in the tradition of harmonious coexistence with nature, Elpitiya Plantations is no stranger to the concept of sustainability. As one of the leading plantation companies in Sri Lanka, with a diversified portfolio of crops, Elpitiya is the cust


New all-time record for New Vithanakande BOP1

Views - 151 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Reflecting the strong demand for Low Grown Orthodox teas, once again an invoice of New Vithanakande BOP1 improved its own record for this grade by achieving Rs. 1,700 per kg at the Colombo Tea Auction held on 5-6 November. New Vithanakande estate a


Outsmarting the enemy through proactive rice science

Views - 39 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:07

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is collaborating with partners in the Healthy Crops Research Consortium to enable rapid development of rice varieties, in order to be a step ahead of the evolution of rice diseases that can heavily aff


Sri Lankan fair trade and organic products promoted in Belgium

Views - 170 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:06

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels promoted exports of fair trade and organic products from Sri Lanka during the Fair Trade Week in Belgium, organised by the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), Fair Trade Belgium, Belgium Fair Trade Federation (BFTF


Lucky Kottawa Tea Factory snags Best Quality Award

Views - 39 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:05

Lucky Kottawa Tea Factory which produces high quality tea was awarded the National Award for Excellence at the awards ceremony organised by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution to recognise the highest quality producers. The ceremony was held in Colom


All-time record price for Cee Tee Hills Tea Factory

Views - 62 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:04

Cee Tee Hills Tea Factory created history at this week’s Colombo Tea Auctions by obtaining an All-Time Record Price for a CTC PF1 grade that obtained Rs. 1,000 per kg. Renowned for manufacturing top of the range orthodox and CTC grades, this factor


Mechanisation of non-paddy sector important to increase production

Views - 166 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 01:09

Sri Lanka must focus on the mechanisation of agriculture, especially the non-paddy sector, while the private and public sectors should co-ordinate to find optimum solutions to improve the productivity of the farmer, said an expert recently.


Crysbro hosts fruit exhibition to mark World Food Day

Views - 37 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 01:08

In a bid to raise awareness over the issues of food security and malnutrition, pioneering Sri Lankan poultry producer Crysbro marked this year’s World Food Day on 16 October by organising a fruit expo near its Ethgala, Gampola processing plant. All


Saaraketha Organics emerges victorious at NCE Export Awards 2019

Views - 40 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 01:04


SLCARP Awards 2019 to recognise excellence in agricultural research

Views - 46 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Council for Agriculture Research Policy (SLCARP) is considered the umbrella organisation of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) that co-ordinates research and development institutes within several ministries of the country. SL


National brand ‘Ceylon Spice’ unveiled at Anuga Food Fair in Colongne Germany

Views - 282 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

The country of origin trademark; ‘Ceylon Spice’ was ceremonially unveiled at Anuga 2019, the world’s largest food and beverage exhibition held in Cologne Germany on 6 October. The event was attended by Deputy Minister of Development Strategies


Keells improving lives of farmers to provide freshness to customers

Views - 112 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

Keells, with the recently launched ‘Fresh because of you’ campaign made several investments and improvements to processes to ensure the customer receives the freshest produce at the store. Farmers play a key role in this, and over the years, Keel


Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory secures top price

Views - 123 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

At this week’s Ex Estate Tea Auction, an invoice of PF1 of Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory, secured a top price of Rs. 980 which equals the existing Colombo Tea Auction record price for a CTC PF1 grade from any of Sri Lanka’s High, Medium and Low elev


Eastern Brokers Ltd. sets all-time record for Kirklees Estate

Views - 109 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

Kirklees Estate held the distinction of achieving an all-time record price of Rs. 870 for a BOP Grade in the Uda Pussellawa region, at yesterday’s Colombo tea auction. This line of tea was purchased by Heritage Teas Ltd. Kirklees Estate is reno


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