Agriculture

Sri Lanka breeds Arowana (lucky fish) successfully in Polonnaruwa

Views - 133 Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

For the first time in Sri Lanka, successful captive breeding of Asian arowana (Scleropages formosus) has been recorded in the Polonnaruwa district recently. The species is considered as a high valued ornamental fish in the international market and th


President officiates at National Tea Awards

Views - 82 Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

The first ever National Tea Awards were held to mark the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chief Guest on the invitation of Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake at the Nelum Po


Veteran perspectives: Dr. Dan Seevaratnam reflects on a legacy of social empowerment through oil pal

Views - 148 Friday, 8 December 2017 00:15

In recounting the history of the Sri Lankan plantation industry, there are numerous examples of industry veterans whose work made vital and lasting positive contributions to the industry, and the people whose lives are directly and indirectly connect


An innovation in fish-smoking improves lives

Views - 52 Friday, 8 December 2017 00:00

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the ou


Pothotuwa Tea Factory establishes all time record price for BOPF grade

Views - 40 Friday, 8 December 2017 00:00

Pothotuwa Tea Factory, situated in Beralapanatara – Deniyaya, achieved an all time record price of Rs. 950 for a BOPF grade at the weekly tea auctions held on 6 December. This line of tea was marketed by Forbes & Walker Tea Brokers Ltd. Pothotuwa T


All-time record price for Hingalgoda Tea Factory

Views - 25 Friday, 8 December 2017 00:00

Hingalgoda Tea Factory situated in Hiniduma – Galle, established an all-time record price at the weekly tea auctions held on 6 December by securing an attractive price of Rs. 700 per kg for a PF grade in the Off Grades category. Hingalgoda Tea Fa


Top Asian rubber producers to curb exports next month after price fall

Views - 55 Thursday, 7 December 2017 00:00

BANGKOK (Reuters): Asia’s top rubber producers have agreed to cut exports of natural rubber from next month in a bid to address declining global prices. The International Rubber Consortium (IRCo) announced the decision after the International Tripa


Sri Lanka participates in 34th International Exhibition for Food and Beverages

Views - 30 Thursday, 7 December 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tea Board with the assistance of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Israel organised Sri Lanka’s participation in the 34th International Exhibition for Food and Beverages held from 28 to 30 November at the Israeli Trade Fairs & Convention Ce


Canada extends support to Agriculture Cooperatives in Kilinochchi through UNDP and FAO

Views - 70 Thursday, 7 December 2017 00:00

High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka David McKinnon made an official visit to the Thiruvaiyaru Educated Youth Project of Agriculture Products Consumers Cooperative Society (TEYCS) recently in Kilinochchi, where he handed over the ‘Fruits Collec


India’s Jan-Oct tea exports jump 6.6%

Views - 20 Thursday, 7 December 2017 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India’s tea exports in the first 10 months of 2017 jumped 6.6% from a year ago to 189.68 million kg as Iran and China purchased more, the state-run Tea Board said in a statement. Iran bought 20.98 million kg tea during the period,


Nelfarms celebrates 75 years of trusted ‘Eggcellence’

Views - 34 Thursday, 7 December 2017 00:00

Nelfarms celebrated their 75th Anniversary in Business at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel along with shareholders, family, staff, industry stakeholders and guests. The company took the opportunity to recognise longstanding staff members who have made outsta


Misconceptions about production and marketing of Ceylon Tea

Views - 212 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:05

This paper attempts to analyse the revenues of tea exports of Sri Lanka, the value addition by tea exporters, the comparative tea production between Sri Lanka and Kenya and Colombo and Mombasa auction prices.


Sunsinane establishes yet another record

Views - 21 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

Dunsinane Estate established an all time record price of Rs. 660 per kg for a BPS grade in the western high grown CTC category


Ground-breaking for Japanese Grant Project for Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna

Views - 46 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

Amid the blessing rain on 27 November, more than 100 people attended a ground breaking ceremony for Japan-funded Project for Establishment of Research and Training Complex at the Faculty of Agriculture


Dairy sector trade delegation visits Netherlands

Views - 24 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

The Embassy of Netherlands in Sri Lanka organised a trade delegation trip to the Netherlands from 24-27 October.


Govt. to cultivate paddy and field crops on barren lands

Views - 38 Monday, 4 December 2017 00:00

The Government has launched a program to cultivate paddy or other field crops on the barren lands, which is 130,000 acres. The program launched in October 2017, as a part of the Food Production National Program 2017-2020 has


Planters Association praises RPC oil palm performance

Views - 80 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

Oil palm profits expanded exponentially over the past year with the four regional plantation companies (RPCS) engaged in the business recording turnover growth of 44.2% Year-on-Year (YoY) up to Rs. 3.95 billion, while profits within the sector rose b


Challenging social norms as a dairy farmer: Anusha tells her story

Views - 87 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family,” were the wise words of Ghanaian scholar and educator Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey.


Govt. assures sufficient rice stocks

Views - 15 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

The Government is assuring sufficient supply of rice during the coming months, despite post-harvest problems, the poor yield due to drought, and the floods experienced in most parts of the island.


RPC ups Namunukula stake to 67%

Views - 96 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

Namunukula Plantations (NAMU) has announced that RPC Plantation Management Services Ltd last week purchased 613,824 ordinary shares at a consideration ranging from Rs.89.0 – Rs.90.


World’s food import bill is rising despite large production and robust supply

Views - 40 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

Rome: While food commodity prices have been generally stable, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to $ 1.413 trillion, a 6% increase from the previous year and the second highest tally on record according to FAO’s


Performances of Regional Plantation Companies: Facts or fiction?

Views - 284 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s plantations industry contributes almost 2% of the GDP. However, almost 65-70% of the tea plantation crops right now are produced by smallholders and not by Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs). In reality the situation should have been


Sustainable oil palm central to success of Sri Lanka’s plantation industry

Views - 236 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

By Professor Asoka Nugawela Collectively the global palm oil market’s value is projected to continue to expand from $ 65.7 billion up to $ 92.8 billion by the year 2021. Given the commodity’s versatile nature, palm oil has rapidly become the worl


Excellent performance by Hingalgoda Tea Factory

Views - 33 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Situated in the hills of Hiniduma in the sub-district of Galle, Hingalgoda Factory established three all-time record prices at the weekly tea auctions held on 22 November.


India sets curbs on onion exports as prices surge

Views - 18 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): India set a minimum price of $850 per ton for overseas sale of onions, a government order said on Thursday


Bangladesh tea prices rise on winter demand

Views - 53 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Dhaka (Reuters): Tea prices in Bangladesh rose 2.5% at the weekly auction due to strong winter demand, despite there being a higher volume on offer.


Ceylon Tea: Time to take the spots off the lion?

Views - 372 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

It has been made known that the Sri Lanka Tea Board is now finalising plans to embark on an ambitious international promotional program to promote the tea produced in our country. We have no information available


Branding Ceylon Tea: Getting the flavour right

Views - 111 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

There is need for greater cooperation and unity amongst all stakeholders in Sri Lanka’s tea trade, and for government and regulators to support the industry’s strong fundamentals to secure the future of Ceylon Tea, says Sanje Widyaratne, Chairman


State Minister pledges to make fisheries industry 3rd biggest foreign exchange earner

Views - 27 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says making the blue economy a reality


Sri Lanka participates at the World Tea & Coffee Expo 2017

Views - 57 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

The fifth edition of the World Tea & Coffee Expo was held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, from 16-18 November 2017.


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Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.


MS-RW Unity Govt. must stay united for the sake of the country

Friday, 19 January 2018

A few days after the Unity Government celebrated its third anniversary, President Maithripala Sirisena asked the Supreme Court: “Whether


The joy of books! Cuddling up with a wish to explore

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I walked into a small communication shop to discover that you can buy almost anything from rubber seeds and tree leaves to bird feathers to support a student attending a school. I noted that all leaves are properly and accurately (hopefully!) identif


Wake up, drifting mega infrastructure development professionals!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Infrastructure investment is a key driver of a stronger and productive economy. Stakeholders, especially the public and the international funding agencies, demand greater transparency and scrutiny on infrastructure decision as the Government spend th


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