Agriculture

Poor farmers need better protection from costly disasters: UN

Views - 11 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:00

Kuala Lumpur (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Natural disasters such as drought and floods cost developing countries $ 96 billion in damage to crops and livestock between 2005 and 2015, highlighting the need to step up protection for poor farmers, the U


Matuwagala Tea Factory establishes all-time record price

Views - 49 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:06

Matuwagala Tea Factory, situated in Ratnapura and managed by Saman Upasena, achieved an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 14 March, securing an attractive price of Rs. 990 per kg for PEK1 grade in the Low Grown category. The teas we


DIMO and Mahindra roll out latest Swaraj tractor range in Sri Lanka

Views - 72 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:06

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO)together with Mahindra Group of India introduced the latest Swaraj tractor range to Sri Lanka recently with the unveiling of two of its latest models. Swaraj tractors are part of the Mahindra Group’s Farm Equipm


Farmers’ Federation commends Govt.’s decision to provide fertiliser instead of money

Views - 14 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:05

The All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation has commended the decision taken by the Government to terminate the subsidy provided for the farmers to buy fertiliser in the future, and return to the old way of providing required fertiliser directly to the farm


Bangladesh tea prices rise in last auction of the season

Views - 36 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:05

DHAKA (Reuters): Tea prices in Bangladesh rose on Tuesday at the last auction of the current season, snapping a six-week run of declines, amid tight supplies. Bangladeshi tea fetched an average price of 196.54 taka ($2.80) per kg at the auction, comp


India’s sugar production to be up 13% in 2017/18

Views - 15 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): India’s sugar production is likely to rise to a record 29.5 million tons in the 2017/18 season, up nearly 13% from a previous estimate, as Maharashtra state’s output could more than double, a trade body said in a statement. The


Navin serves indictment on RPCs with last chance to reform

Views - 220 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Addressing the first seminar on ‘Sustainability of Plantation Management’ organised by the National Institute of Plantation Management (NIPM) at its auditorium held on 10 March, the Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake made a semin


Brazil sugar mills start genetically-modified cane plantation

Views - 15 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Piracicaba, Brazil (Reuters): Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm behind the project. Develo


India’s 2017 tea exports up 8% to 241 m kg

Views - 19 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): India’s tea exports in 2017 jumped 8.2% from a year ago to 240.68 million kg due to good demand from Egypt, Iran and China, the state-run Tea Board said in a statement. India, the world’s second-biggest tea producer, exports CTC


Nelna becomes leading cultivator, supplier of quality mangoes in SL market

Views - 50 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Nelna, under its agricultural arm Nelna Agri Development Ltd., has cultivated 60,000 mango plants following Global Good Agricultural Practices (GGAP) in 650 acres in Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts and has achieved its first goal of becoming the l


HC issues Interim Order against Seed House over alleged unfair competition

Views - 57 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

The Commercial High Court of Colombo issued an Interim Order preventing the Defendants from using in the course


Dunsinane Estate surpasses own record Tea

Views - 22 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

Dunsinane Estate established a new all-time record price of Rs. 700 per kg, for a BPS grade in the western high grown


Matuwagala Tea Factory establishes an all-time record price

Views - 26 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

Matuwagala Tea Factory, situated in Ratnapura, managed by Saman Upasena, achieved an all-time record price at the weekly


Mulatiyana Tea Factory establishes an all-time record price

Views - 47 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

Mulatiyana Tea Factory, situated in Mulatiyana, managed by K.H.G Mahinda Padmasiri and Malinda Padmasiri, realised


Bangladesh tea prices fall on inferior quality leaf

Views - 18 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

DHAKA (Reuters) - Tea prices in Bangladesh fell at a weekly auction, dragged down by poor quality leaf, although the total


India’s Jan tea output drops 10.5%

Views - 14 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s tea production in January fell 10.5% from a year earlier to 17.15 million kg as plucking fell in the southern state


South Asia’s 2017/18 vegoil imports to hit record high on strong demand

Views - 27 Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:00

Singapore (Reuters): South Asia’s edible oil imports are set to climb to an all-time high this year as lower production in the region coincides with rising consumption to drive buying of mainly palm and soybean oils from elsewhere, industry officia


Carolina estate sets all time record price

Views - 23 Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:00

Carolina Estate managed by Hatton PlantationsLimited established an “ All Time Record ” price of Rs.740/-- for a line of CTC Medium Grown BPS grade at this week’s tea auction held on 28thFebruary 2018.The sale was conducted by Tea Broker Jo


All-time record price for Suduwelipothahena CTC

Views - 22 Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:00

Galpaditenne Tea Factory situated in Lellopitiya, Ratnapura, established an all-time record price at the weekly tea auction of 28 February by securing an attractive price of Rs. 700 per kg for a BP1 grade in the Low Grown CTC category. This line was


Why agricultural value chains fail: Failure to commit to policy decisions?

Views - 198 Friday, 2 March 2018 00:00

It is with great difficulty that we as a country arrived at the decision to abolish the fertiliser subsidy. The fertiliser subsidy


Agalawatte Plantations to raise Rs. 2 b via Rights

Views - 40 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

Agalawatte Plantations Plc is to raise Rs. 2 billion via a Rights Issue to part settle related party borrowings. The company’s Board of Directors has resolved a Rights Issue of 21 shares for every four shares held at Rs. 15.30 each. It involves iss


DIMO Agribusinesses expands footprint in crop care solutions, seeds biz

Views - 56 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

DIMO Agribusinesses, the agriculture arm of Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), recently entered into partnership with Plantchem Ltd., and Plantseeds Ltd., to expand its footprint in the agriculture business. The new partnership will enable DIMO


Habarana Village by Cinnamon introduces sustainable aquaponics farming model to Dry Zone villages

Views - 86 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Hotel chain is taking its overarching promise of inspired living to one of their key stakeholder segments at Habarana Village by Cinnamon, spearheading a novel initiative of sustainable and resourceful farming in the drought-ridden region. H


Govt. slashes lease payments for state land used for agriculture

Views - 64 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Cabinet this week approved to reduce lease payments for leasing state land for commercial agriculture purposes. Noting


Indian pepper traders call for raising of import duty of pepper from Sri Lanka

Views - 34 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

(ET) KOCHI: The spice traders have called for raising the duty of imported pepper from Sri Lanka as the dumping of the spice to Indian


Pedro Estate sets an all time record price

Views - 32 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Pedro Estate, situated in Nuwara Eliya, has established an all time record price at this week’s tea auction held on 21 February


All time record price for Nildalukanda tea factory

Views - 29 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Nildalukanda tea factory, situated in Gampola, established an all time record price at the weekly tea auction on 1 February


All time record price for Carolina Estate

Views - 36 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Carolina Estate, managed by Watawala Plantations, established an all time record price of Rs. 570/- for an invoice of CTC


Quick Tea Joins the Ranks of ‘Green Businesses’

Views - 23 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Quick Tea Private Limited, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s largest tea exporter for over two decades – Akbar Brothers Limited


Food Security: The new dilemma?

Views - 112 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Food security,as per the World Food Summit definition,is definedas “when all people, at all times, have physical,


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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

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Monday, 21 May 2018

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Monday, 21 May 2018

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