Agriculture

Three for tea: Top exporter Anverally and Sons wins 3 accolades in 2 days

Views - 54 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 01:35

Anverally and Sons Ltd, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most respected exporters of tea, with a history of 129 years, won three prestigious awards on consecutive days last week, demonstrating the company’s continuing dynamism. Currently ranked as o


Tea Small Holder Factories recognised as best CTC Tea Manufacturer island-wide

Views - 28 Monday, 23 September 2019 01:29

Tea Small Holder Factories PLC, a fully owned subsidiary of John Keells Holdings was recently recognised as the best CTC (Crush Tear and Curl) Tea Manufacturer island-wide. The award presented by the Tea Exporters Association was won by the Hingalgod


Funding injection needed to stop poor farmers’ climate pain spreading

Views - 19 Monday, 23 September 2019 01:26

A doubling of international funding for agricultural science is needed to help half a billion small farmers cope with climate change – or the world risks mass migration and widespread instability, said the head of a major farm research network. Inv


Chinese assistance to locally produce fish bait for multiday fishing

Views - 24 Monday, 23 September 2019 01:26

State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi has stressed that the projects initiated should not be just another project but projects that would benefit the people of the country. This was stated by the Minister at


Sarvodaya Development Finance and DIMO boost agriculture with Mahindra & Mahindra tractor offer

Views - 68 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF), a licensed Finance Company approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, has entered into a partnership with Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) for financing of all Mahindra & Mahindra tractors imported and sold b


20th AGM of Tea Exporters Association: Challenging times for Ceylon Tea

Views - 60 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

The Tea Exporters Association held its 20th AGM, led by the theme ‘Challenging Times for Ceylon Tea,’ at the Grand Marquee – Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, on 6 September. Attending the event as Chief Guest was Ambassador of Japan Akira Sugiyama,


Navin calls on Rubber Secretariat to expedite implementation of master plan

Views - 62 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake recently called on the Rubber Secretariat to expedite the implementation process of the rubber master plan to double country’s earnings from rubber exports. “Our prices have declined drastically in


Govipola mobile app creates dynamic digital marketplace for farmers

Views - 87 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

Dedicated to making a positive contribution towards a sustainable Sri Lanka, the first digital agriculture marketplace - the Govipola app – was launched by Croptronix Ltd, a company led by a burning ambition to create the next big story in the Sri


Sri Lanka makes stronger presence at Fine Food Australia 2019

Views - 400 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney in collaboration and coordination with the Coconut Development Authority (CDA) and the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) organised Sri Lankan Pavilion at the Fine Food Australia from 9 to 12 September at the Inte


Hayleys Agriculture opens first Innotech Piyasa in Kurunegala

Views - 50 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:59

Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd., the leading agri-inputs provider in Sri Lanka, who has been in the industry for over five decades working closely with the local farmer to introduce new sustainable global practices, embarked on yet another venture


Browns Agriculture hosts ‘Tract Tec Camps’ for farming community

Views - 25 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:58

Browns Agriculture, the pioneer in the Sri Lankan agriculture industry, recently held its latest series of ‘Tract Tec Camps’ across the island in order to provide services and repairs free-of-charge to those customers whose warranties may have la


Crysbro joint venture leads cutting-edge chicken feed production in Sri Lanka

Views - 58 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:57

Continuing its rich reputation for embracing innovation, leading Sri Lankan chicken producer Crysbro has acquired the region’s most technologically-advanced chicken feed production machinery. The new machinery, housed in a Kurunegala-based chicken


Shawlands Estate excels at Colombo Tea Auctions

Views - 78 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:56

Shawlands Estate established an all-time record price of Rs. 1,700 per kg for an OP1 grade improving on its previous all-time record price of Rs. 1,500 per kg for a liquoring OP1 grade in the Uva Medium category at the weekly Tea Auctions held on 11


Brombil BOPA achieves all-time record price

Views - 89 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:55

At the Colombo Tea Auction held on 10/11 September, a line of Brombil Broken Orange Pekoe A (BOPA) sold at an all time record price of Rs. 1,010 per kilo. Brombil Tea Factory is located in the Ruhuna Agro climatic sub district and is one of the larg


Alma Tea Factory achieves all-time record price

Views - 35 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:54

Alma Tea Factory achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 820 per kg for a BOP grade in the Uda Pussellawa elevational category at the Colombo Tea Auctions held on 11 September surpassing its previous record of Rs. 780 per kg. This line of tea was pu


India curbs onion shipments by imposing minimum export price

Views - 31 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:53

MUMBAI (Reuters): India has imposed an $ 850 per ton minimum export price (MEP) on onion shipments, the government said on Friday, as the world’s biggest exporter tries to calm local prices ahead of key state elections. The higher export price will


Value addition shouldn’t be limited to product variations

Views - 271 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:44

The colonists left us quite a few things which we still utilise daily including the railway system, the school system and the plantation sector. The economy has benefitted immensely from the latter in terms of foreign exchange revenue over the years.


Nestlé’s Maggi Coconut Milk Powder celebrates 33 years of working with local farmers

Views - 97 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:39

Nestlé’s Maggi Coconut Milk Powder has been providing Sri Lankan families delicious, high quality coconut milk powder made from the best quality local coconuts since 1986.


Investing in R&D is only way out for agro-exports: MTI

Views - 88 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:35

According to MTI Consulting, Sri Lanka’s leading strategy consultancy (having worked on projects in over 40 countries), Sri Lanka needs immediate focus and investment in R&D, not branding campaigns. MTI also argues that to globally compete in bran


The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

Views - 128 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:31

Dr. Jean-Marc Roda explains that in all countries, an increase of fats consumption has been noticed when poverty decreases and urbanisation increases while vegetable fats are progressively replacing animal fats. In North American and European regions


Watawala Plantations recognised as Most Respected Plantation Company in Sri Lanka by LMD

Views - 214 Friday, 30 August 2019 00:00

Watawala Plantations PLC (CSE: WATA), Sri Lanka’s leading diversified agribusiness company has been recognised as the number one plantation company in Sri Lanka by LMD (Lanka Monthly Digest) Magazine in its 15th ‘Most Respected Entities in Sri La


Shawlands Estate achieves all-time price

Views - 170 Friday, 30 August 2019 00:00

Shawlands Estate, Lunugala, achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 1,500 per kg for a liquoring OP1 grade surpassing its previous record of Rs. 1,250 in 2017, in the Uva Medium category at the weekly tea auctions held on 27 August. The tea estate


Sri Lanka needs marketing strategies for coconut

Views - 424 Friday, 30 August 2019 00:00

‘Value addition and creativity’ is one of my favorite topics which I discuss with MBA students at University of Moratuwa in the module of IT and E-Business. In my usual preparations for the session I suddenly observed a really interesting compari


Moray Tea Estate amongst top prices at Colombo Tea Auction

Views - 181 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

At the recently concluded Colombo Tea Auction of 21 August, Moray Tea Estate had the proud distinction of achieving a top price of Rs. 560 for a BOP grade in the Western High Grown category. This line of tea was purchased by Unilever Lipton Ceylon Lt


Untraditional routes for farming as a business to youth

Views - 165 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

Smallholder Agribusiness Partnerships Programme (SAPP) implements under the Sustainable Development Division of the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka and the program is financed by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Gov


Strengthening the resilience of farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone

Views - 70 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

They call it the Dry Zone. A huge area of Sri Lanka that lies towards the north of the island, where there is a real shortage of water for agriculture and drinking. In the last decade, as a result of climate change, Sri Lanka has been experiencing s


World Food Program extends support to vulnerable areas in Sri Lanka

Views - 43 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting Sri Lanka through its innovative and sustainable new project – R5. It is designed to target the most vulnerable rural communities to enhance their Resilience against recurrent of natural shocks, reduce and m


Singer launches John Deere 4WD tractors to Sri Lankan market

Views - 401 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

Singer Sri Lanka PLC, a household name in consumer durables and diversified company in Sri Lanka, launched three 4WD tractor models from the world-renowned USA-based brand John Deere. The launch was held ceremonially at The View, Waters Edge recently


Dialog welcomes Hutch to Sri Lanka’s largest mAgri service ‘Govi Mithuru’ platform

Views - 59 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC partnered Hutchison Telecommunications to onboard Hutch subscribers to Dialog’s ground-breaking ‘Govi Mithuru’ platform (‘Uzhavar Thozhan’ in Tamil), Sri Lanka’s first and largest mAgri service. Govi Mithuru, in line wi


EDB-assisted SME Pavilion at Profood/Propack & Agbiz Exhibition 2019

Views - 52 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is implementing a national program to nurture 2,000 new entrepreneurs to become exporters during the period 2017-2022 at regional level. The main objective of this program is to encourage domestic enterpri


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