Agriculture

Rathna Cinnamon Exports wins Presidential Export Awards

Views - 16 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Rathna Producers Cinnamon Exports Ltd. secured the Presidential Awards at the Presidential Export Awards held at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Rathna Producers


“We must strengthen the agro economy”: Minister Amunugama

Views - 13 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Vice President of the SLFP and SLFP Chief Organiser, Galagedara electorate


Botanicoir steers coconut substrate industry through innovation

Views - 59 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

Taking significant strides in promoting value added Sri Lankan export products, Botanicoir, is a premier Sri Lankan coco-peat manufacturer and supplier of high-quality and innovative coir products to the UK and global market.


CIC partners Pure Circle to introduce sugar substitute stevia

Views - 128 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

CIC, in partnership with Pure Circle, introduced stevia to the local market recently with the aim of reducing the high calorie intake of its consumers.


Kitul Honey promoted in Guangzhou

Views - 21 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou, China together with the Ceylon Kitul Institute (CKI) of Sri Lanka organised a workshop on kitul honey and kitul products on 8 September alongside the Food and Hospitality Trade Fair (FHW) which was hel


Nestlé ranked Sri Lanka’s No. 1 Most Respected F&B Company once again

Views - 16 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

Nestlé has been ranked Sri Lanka’s Most Respected Food and Beverage Company in LMD’s Most Respected Entities Publication for 2017. This is the second consecutive year


China delays deadline for implementing food import rules after industry pushback

Views - 5 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China plans to delay a deadline for implementing new food import regulations by two years until 1 October 2019, a senior EU official said on Tuesday, following a lobbying effort by Europe and the United States amid concerns about d


Sri Lanka makes strong presence at Fine Food Exhibition 2017 in Sydney

Views - 261 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Fine Food Australia is the premier exhibition for the food industry showcasing latest products and attracts buyers from distributors, importers, restaurants, confectionary manufacturers, retailers and other food businesses across Australia.


Ceylon Tobacco Company continues to empower tobacco farmers by providing sustainable livelihoods for

Views - 31 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) has a history of over 100 years of operating in Sri Lanka, during which time it has established itself as a benchmark for corporate excellence and become a vital player in the country’s


Melstacorp ups stakes in Balangoda Plantations to 58.6%; Madulsima to 56%

Views - 282 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Melstacorp Plc last week acquired additional stakes in Balangoda Plantations Plc and Madulsima Plantations Plc from related parties.


Cathy Rich marks 25 years of food processing technology leadership

Views - 15 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s pioneer in food processing technology Cathy Rich marked the completion of 25 years in Sri Lanka. To mark the special occasion, a number of special events were held in Cathy Rich Food Processing Training Centre at Yodhagama, Embilipitiya


Forbes bags 5 record prices at weekly tea auctions

Views - 62 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Shawlands Estate established yet another all-time record price of Rs. 1,400 for an OP1 grade in the Uva medium grown


Abbotsleigh Estate achieves all-time record price

Views - 61 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

At this week’s tea auction held on 20 September, an invoice of PF1 from Abbotsleigh Estate, Watawala selling under the Florence Mark secured an all-time Colombo Tea Auction record price of Rs. 710 per kg in the CTC High Grown Category.


Two all-time record prices at tea auctions

Views - 46 Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:29

At this week’s tea auction held on 19 and 20 September, two all-time Colombo auction record prices were established for the following teas coming under the Low Grown elevation.


All-time record price for Hingalgoda Tea Factory

Views - 18 Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:28

The Hingalgoda Tea Factory situated in Hiniduma in the Galle District established an all-time record price at the weekly tea auctions held on 20 September by securing an attractive price of Rs. 800 per kg for a PF1 grade in the Low Grown CTC category


Expanding opportunities in Russian market for Sri Lankan spices and coconut products

Views - 59 Monday, 18 September 2017 09:50

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation, in association with the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, has completed yet another successful story during the month of September by organising a Business Networking Session for the sectors of c


China launches anti-dumping probe into some rubber imports from EU, US and Singapore

Views - 9 Monday, 18 September 2017 09:49

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s Commerce Ministry said it has launched anti-dumping investigations into hydrogenated butyl rubber from the United Sates, the European Union and Singapore.


Kirklees Estate once again amongst record books at Colombo Tea Auctions

Views - 29 Monday, 18 September 2017 09:48

At the recently concluded tea auction of 13 September, Kirklees Estate had the proud distinction of establishing another All Time Record Price in the Uda Pussellawa category, when an invoice of Kirklees Estate Dust No-1 obtained a price of Rs. 710 su


Shawlands achieves another record price!

Views - 115 Monday, 18 September 2017 08:47

Shawlands Estate established an all-time record price of Rs. 1,250 for an OP1 grade at the weekly tea auctions held on 12 September, in the Uva medium grown elevational category. This invoice was purchased by M/s., Tea-Link Colombo Ltd. and marketed


New Batuwangala equals all-time record for PEK1 grade

Views - 144 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

An invoice of Low Grown PEK1 sold under the New Batuwangala Mark sold at Rs. 880 per kg, equalling the existing record for this type of tea.


Unstable policies thwart foreign exchange income from local tobacco leaf

Views - 28 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka is losing out on over $ 30 million in export incomes due to its volatile stance on tobacco leaf farming. Ceylon Tobacco Company’s Supply Chain Director Rukshan Gunatilaka said that the company had secured an order of 30,000 kilograms


All-time record price for Suduwelipothahena CTC PF1

Views - 34 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

The Galpaditenne Tea Factory situated in Lellopitiya, Ratnapura, established an all-time record price at the weekly


Browns Agriculture continues to play pivotal role in Govt.’s relief initiative

Views - 19 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

The Browns Agriculture Division was selected by the Sri Lankan Government as the preferred partner in its recent relief initiative to distribute water to drought-affected communities living in various parts of the country.


Under EU attack, top palm oil producers rethink trade strategy

Views - 67 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Facing a backlash in Europe over palm oil’s environmental toll, the world’s top producers are scrambling to find new markets and even striking unusual barter deals, such as exchanging Sukhoi jets for the edible oil


Improved demand at tea auctions

Views - 30 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

A total of 6.2M/kgs came under the hammer this week. There was improved demand, possibly triggered by limited availability.


Bayer joins in $ 100 m investment bet on ag-biotech startup

Views - 17 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Chicago (Reuters): Germany’s Bayer AG, one of the world’s biggest agricultural chemical companies, is joining a $100 million bet that the next big breakthrough in crop fertilisers will be found inside a biological Petri dish.


Govt. to launch national food production battle to revive agriculture, ensure food security

Views - 36 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

The Government will launch a week-long national food production battle under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena next month to revive agriculture and ensure food security.


Wheat curbed by global supply as market waits on USDA report

Views - 13 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Paris/Singapore (Reuters): Chicago wheat eased on Monday as swelling harvest supplies in the Black Sea export region hung over a subdued market a day ahead of closely watched US government crop forecasts.


EU, UNDP and FAO join hands to improve palmyrah production and veterinary training in Mannar

Views - 20 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

The Palmyrah Fibre Production Centre, and Palmyrah Pulp and Root Processing Centre in Tharavankoddai, Mannar District, were inaugurated by the Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Libuse Soukupova. These


Tea Board Chief to keynote 163rd AGM of Planters’ Association

Views - 39 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

The 163rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon, one of the plantation sector’s most important gatherings, is scheduled to take place at the Grand Ballroom of the Galadari Hotel on 22 September.


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Is Iran a threat to global peace?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The aim of this article is to explore Iran’s nuclear program and its consequences throughout the world. Iran one of the nuclear power countries in the Middle East, which has brought very grave concern to the US.


Maldives forcefully voices plight of small island states at climate change conference

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The plight of small island states was forcefully voiced by Maldivian Minister for Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.


The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Budget proposals of the Unity Government under the theme ‘Blue Green Budget’ for the fiscal year 2018 are expected to support the achievement of medium-term targets such as Per Capita Income of $ 5,000


Starship budgets and the “Bicycle Brigade”

Friday, 17 November 2017

One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.


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