Agriculture

Record price for St. James Pekoe1

Views - 480 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Three invoices of Pekoe1 were sold under the St. James mark at the tea auction of 16 August at a price of Rs. 1,350 per kg. The two invoices sold by Asia Siyaka Commodities PLC were purchased by Tea-Link Colombo Ltd. and the third line of Pekoe1 w


All-time record price for Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory

Views - 305 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory situated in Morawaka achieved an all time record price of Rs. 780 for a P.DUST grade in the Dust category at this week’s tea auction held on 16 August. This line of tea was purchased by Euro-Scan Exports Ltd. and t


All-time record price for Alma Tea Factory

Views - 298 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

An invoice of Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) grade offered under the Udapussellawa category at the tea auctions held on 15 August offered through the Alma mark realised an all time record price of Rs. 720 per kg. This line was purchased by M/s


Aislaby Estate sets all-time record price

Views - 260 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Aislaby Estate situated in Bandarawela has established an all time record price of Rs. 1,150 for a BOP SP grade in the Uva High category at this week’s tea auction held on 16 August. This line of tea was purchased by Tea Link Colombo Ltd. an


McLarens Group goes for latest technology from SenzMate to monitor food safety

Views - 257 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

The McLarens Group has taken the lead by harnessing the latest technology from SenzMate to monitor food safety. SenzMate POLAR’s cloud-based automated monitoring and food safety management technology are now being used at a large number of


Distressed farmers routinely remanded on top of institutional harassment

Views - 241 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Uva potato farmers request support from Minister Bathiudeen Bathiudeen pledges to move Cabinet paper immediately Lenders of useless seeds still insist loans for them be repaid  Helpless farmers continuously rema


4th International Conference on Agriculture and Forestry next week

Views - 627 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:40

The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) is organising the fourth International Conference on Agriculture and Forestry [ICOAF] 2017 at Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo from 24-25 August with the participation of 100+ local and foreign


Watawala family gold sponsors for Colombo International Tea Convention 2017

Views - 390 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:40

Watawala Tea Ceylon Ltd. and Watawala Plantations PLC, subsidiaries of the diversified Sri Lankan conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC, came onboard as Gold Sponsor for the first time in the upcoming Colombo International Tea Convention 2017. Organi


Tibetan firm keen to serve nutritious yak milk products in Sri Lanka

Views - 506 Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

  Tibet Treasure of Plateau Yak Dairy Industry Co. Ltd. looking for opportunities for marketing as well as setting up of a plant to serve South Asian health conscious and organic products consumers Tibet Treasure


PM opens newly modernised Ambeywela Highland Milk Powder Factory

Views - 313 Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

  Says plans to increase investment on exports to relieve debt burden Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Government is burdened with the payment of instalments and interest of massive loans obtained by the pre


Island Dairies wins President’s Award for best dairy company in Sri Lanka 

Views - 310 Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

Island Dairies Ltd., Kegalle, a leading company involved in manufacturing dairy products using milk from Sri Lanka won the President’s Award as the Island’s Best Manufacturer of Dairy Products at the recent National Program on Food Pro


FAO and EU promote agri-business in Ampara District in partnership with Hayleys

Views - 407 Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:06

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has facilitated two contract farming agreements between farmer organisations operating in the Ampara District and Sunfrost Ltd. of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings.  The agreemen


Tea auctions this week

Views - 507 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

By Forbes and Walker  Tea Brokers As the industry celebrated 150 years of Ceylon Tea, an international tea convention is scheduled to commence on 9 August.  Accordingly, the weekly tea auctions were rescheduled as a one-day restric


Browns Agriculture plays key role in Government-led drought assistance initiative

Views - 472 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

The Browns Agriculture Division was selected by the Government of Sri Lanka as the preferred partner in its initiative to distribute water to the drought affected communities in the country. Browns TAFE 45DI tractors were chosen for this endeavo


Mulatiyana Tea Factory OP1 equals all-time record price

Views - 486 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Mulatiyana Tea Factory situated in Mulatiyana, managed by K.H.G Mahinda Padmasiri and Malinda Padmasiri, has equalled an all-time record price at yesterday’s weekly tea auction by achieving Rs. 1,170 per kg for OP1 in the Low Grown category.


Navin brews his cuppa for future of tea industry

Views - 562 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:16

Calls on stakeholders for a tea master plan to meet global challenges, trends in the international beverage markets Says to rebrand Ceylon Tea according to certain markets that require cheaper teas Urges industry to take unif


PM urges tea industry to think outside the cup

Views - 495 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:12

Outlines importance of focusing on new lifestyles, supply chain systems, food technologies and sales techni ques to conquer new markets  Insists if investments are insufficient locally Govt. will allow investor


Tea Sale Averages gain by 30% in July

Views - 762 Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:40

Sri Lanka Tea Sale Averages for July 2017 recorded a gain of Rs. 139.46 or 30% from a year earlier.  Ceylon Tea Brokers Plc said high growns for July recorded Rs. 557.47 against Rs. 418.85 (+Rs.138.62) in 2016. Medium growns recorded Rs. 52


Tea auction offerings decline further this week

Views - 680 Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:39

By Forbes  and Walker Tea Brokers Auction offerings declined further and totalled 6.3M/kg vis-à-vis the 6.7M/kg on offer the previous week.  Good teas continued to sell well while the poorer sorts declined in value. Conseque


Mulatiyana Tea Factory establishes two ‘all-time record prices’

Views - 674 Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:02

Mulatiyana Tea Factory situated in Mulatiyana, managed by K.H.G Mahinda Padmasiri and Malinda Padmasiri, achieved two all-time record prices at the weekly tea auction of 1 August by securing an attractive price of Rs. 1,170 per kg for OP1 and Rs.


All-time record price for New Vithanakande OP1

Views - 964 Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:02

At the Colombo Tea Auction held on 1 and 2 August, an invoice of OP1 grade offered for sale by New Vithanakande Tea Factory, Dellwala in the Sabaragamuwa District sold at an all-time record price of Rs. 1,170 per kilogram and was purchased by Vint


Celebrating all that is tea at the inaugural Ceylon Tea Festival

Views - 694 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:16

Festival to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea, attracting a new generation of tea connoisseurs and enthusiasts Jason Atherton​ Tom Aikens Colombo will host the first ever Ceyl


Sri Lankan Embassy in Jordan celebrates 150 years of Ceylon Tea industry

Views - 639 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:16

The Embassy of Sri Lankan  in Jordan, Amman celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Ceylon tea industry under the theme ‘Global Ceylon Tea Party’ at the Embassy premises on 6 July, as part of a 24-hour celebration hosted by the Sr


Lankaputhra Development Bank provides loan facilities for orchid cultivation

Views - 696 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:13

The invited guests and a part of the gathering    Lankaputhra Development Bank has come forward to provide loan facilities to entrepreneurs who are already engaged in the orchid industry and who intend to grow


Corporate sector partners National Farmer Awards 2017

Views - 693 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:11

The 12th edition of this much looked after national event among the Sri Lankan farming community will be held on Sunday 6 August at 2 p.m. at the ‘Mihilaka Medura’ Bandaranaike Memorial Conference Centre under the patronage of the Mins


Sathosa to buy paddy from PMB immediately

Views - 778 Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:06

‘Paddy to be milled and released to consumers’ - Bathiudeen Both Govt. and private millers roped in Lanka Sathosa to receive milled rice   Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudee


Talks to get Lankan betel exempted from Pakistani tax

Views - 659 Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:04

Discussions are underway to get Sri Lankan betel exports exempted from the import taxes newly-imposed by Pakistan. Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage met with acting Pakistani High Commissioner Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra at his ministry Tuesd


Value of tea exports up in June; year to date higher 23%

Views - 747 Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:04

Total quantity of tea exported in June including Re-Exports with imported Tea amounted to 25.85 Mn/kg, showing a decline of 2.72 Mn/kg (-9.51%) compared to the same period last year, Ceylon tea Brokers Plc said. However, with the increase in FOB


Record price for Battawatte OP

Views - 692 Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:03

An invoice of Orange Pekoe (OP) grade offered at the Colombo tea auction held on 25 and 26 July for sale from the Battawatte Estate, Madulsima realised an all-time record price of Rs. 780 per kilo, breaking the previous record of Rs. 740 per kg.&n


Raw sugar steadies

Views - 621 Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:02

London (Reuters): Raw sugar futures on ICE steadied on Wednesday after falling sharply during the previous session following the suspension of a fuel tax increase in Brazil. In October raw sugar was up 0.02 cent, or 0.14%, at 13.92 cents per lb


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