Agriculture

Fonterra Future Dairy launches Dreamery to fuel new India ambition

Views - 60 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Fonterra Future Dairy, a joint venture between global dairy nutrition company Fonterra and India’s FMCG powerhouse Future Consumer, is looking to disrupt the way consumers across India enjoy dairy. To deliver on this aspiration, the joint venture l


PM gives Rs. 100 m Budget boost to palmyrah-based jaggery production

Views - 45 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

The palmyrah sector is an important sector for the livelihood development in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Although there are 11 million palmyrah tress in the Northern Province, they are not used effectively to realise the full economic potenti


Rs. 550 m for Ambagahawewa renovation

Views - 80 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:27

By G.H.M. Amarasinghe Rs. 550 million is set to be spent on the renovation of Ambagahawewa cascading tank system in the Anuradhapura District under the minor irrigation tank maintenance program “Sarawath Deshayaka Waapi Sangramaya.” A part of the


Horana Plantations ploughs forward with intensive crop diversification strategy

Views - 344 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:27

Sri Lanka’s Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) have typically been associated primarily with tea and rubber, and to a lesser extent, spices like cinnamon. Over the recent past however, both of the country’s main perennial crops have begun to fa


Analysing the role of leadership in plantation sector reform

Views - 395 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

Leadership is a topic that has always been heavily focused on in Sri Lanka, especially in the political sphere. In the plantation industry, however, this has received less scrutiny over the years. Last week in my ‘Beyond the Plants’ series, I de


$ 5 b annual tea export target optimistic but not impossible: Ceylon Tea Brokers Chief

Views - 478 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:10

Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC Chairman and industry veteran Chrisantha Perera strongly believes a $ 5 billion export earnings target per annum for tea in the medium term is possible though optimistic. This view was shared by Perera in the Chairman’s Revi


Sri Lanka holds symposium with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Views - 64 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:11

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden together with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) organised a Sri Lanka Symposium on 13 June at the SLU in Uppsala. The Symposium was chaired by Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Relations at


Crysbro outgrower links grant poultry farmers greater benefit, reduced risk

Views - 133 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:07

For cherished Sri Lankan chicken producer Crysbro, the concept of doing good business no longer solely revolves around delivering a product which can be used as a vehicle to drive profit. After 47 years, the company, which is locally renowned for the


EDB workshops on Geographical Indication for Ceylon Cinnamon

Views - 109 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:05

Sri Lanka is the leading exporter of true cinnamon to the world and holds almost 80% of the global pure cinnamon market. However, the exporters of Ceylon Cinnamon to the world market, particularly within the European Union (EU) and North American mar


Asia Rice: Demand lulls in top hubs; Bangladesh hopes for a deal with Philippines

Views - 46 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:04

Bengaluru, Reuters: Export prices for Indian rice edged up last week on the back of an appreciation in the rupee even as demand was lacklustre in most exporting centres, while Bangladeshi traders looked for an export deal with the Philippines. For t


Sharing sustainable practices: ‘Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’

Views - 237 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

In commemoration of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 2019, Biodiversity Sri Lanka, together with its member companies from the agribusiness sector and with the support of its Associate Member – the United Nations Development Pro


Ensuring a sustainable future for the next 50 years of Sri Lanka’s oil palm industry

Views - 485 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

Since its establishment just over 50 years ago with the planting of 68 seedlings on the Nakiyadeniya estate – managed today by Watawala Plantations PLC – oil palm has played an increasingly important role in the Sri Lankan plantation sector. Oil


Establishing an export-oriented value chain: Five things to consider

Views - 105 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Export oriented value chains are special with its economic value, technology involvement, number of stakeholders and its contribution to the national economy. Hence failure costs a lot and continuous failure is not an option at all. Many things hav


India withdraws export incentive for onion as prices jump

Views - 62 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India withdrew 10% export incentives on onion, the government said in a statement on Tuesday, as prices of the bulb jumped 47% in a month due to dwindling supplies. The South Asian country had doubled export incentives for onion in


Austrian organic farming and horticultural therapy expert in Sri Lanka

Views - 88 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Dr. Sabine Scheucher is visiting Sri Lanka to explore living as a guest and contributing her 24 years of experience in training in organic agriculture and horticultural therapy to the island. She discovered Sri Lanka as a result of her work in Thaila


New FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Views - 48 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Xuebing Sun presented his credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana, as the new Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Sri Lanka, at the Ministry premises on


Ceylon Tea Brokers announces three new director appointments

Views - 1311 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC has announced the appointment of three directors Thilina Nonis, Dinesh Fernando and Zameel Mohamed. Nonis commenced his career at Somerville & Company Ltd. and later worked for Asia Siyaka Commodities PLC and Bartleet Produce


Quick Tea becomes Asia’s first Carbon-Inset Company

Views - 83 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:30

Quick Tea Limited achieved yet another regional accolade by becoming the first company in Asia to reach a net-zero carbon status through carbon insetting. One of Sri Lanka’s largest teabag production facilities with a capacity of over 3 billion tea


Lankem Ceylon Agrapatana, Kotagala plantations secure Rainforest Alliance certifications

Views - 117 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:29

Agrapatana Plantations Limited and Kotagala Plantations PLC of Lankem Ceylon PLC have been awarded with the Rainforest Alliance certification for meeting and upholding rigorous global standards concerning the wellbeing of its workforce, community and


ISO raises 2018/19 global sugar surplus forecast

Views - 48 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:27

London (Reuters): The International Sugar Organization (ISO) on Monday forecast a global sugar surplus of 1.83 million tons in the 2018/19 season, up from a previous estimate of 641,000 tons. The increase reflects “spectacular” production in Indi


Workshop on productivity improvement for rubber small holders successfully concluded

Views - 47 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:25

The first workshop on ‘Productivity Improvement for Rubber Small Holders through Adaptation of Modern Technology’ was successfully concluded by EDB in collaboration with Ministry of Plantation Industries, RDD and RRI in Kegalle on 31 May for 40 s


Jinasena partners with KAMICO of South Korea to assemble agricultural machinery in Sri Lanka

Views - 141 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

Jinasena Ltd., one of the leading water management systems and solutions providers in Sri Lanka, has entered into a partnership with Korean Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO) to assemble agricultural machinery in Sri Lanka for the l


Are plantations really in control of their organisational culture?

Views - 342 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan plantation industry has undergone some drastic management transformations over the last 60 years, which has impacted its performance at present. This is not to downplay the significant changes to external factors and internal socioeco


Prime Minister establishes Palmyra Fund to accelerate north-east development

Views - 84 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that 22,000 graduates will be recruited to accelerate the development of the general public who are faced with various hardships due to socio-economic problems. Speaking at an event held at the Temple Tree


EDB, Ministry of Plantation Industries, RDD and RRI partner to boost productivity of smallholders

Views - 57 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

EDB together with the Ministry of Plantation Industries, RDD and the RRI will be organising a series of workshops to give smallholder farmers the necessary awareness and knowledge on productivity improvement through adaptation of modern technology in


FAO helps countries measure climate’s impacts on agriculture

Views - 36 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Agriculture is highly vulnerable to weather extremes and disasters. In developing countries, the agriculture sector absorbs 26% of the total economic damage and loss caused by climate-induced disasters, according to one recent FAO study. Smallholder


Dilmah voted New Zealand’s most trusted tea brand for 5th consecutive year

Views - 306 Monday, 27 May 2019 01:52

The New Zealand Readers Digest Trusted Brand Awards are perhaps the most iconic and well-known celebration of what New Zealanders really think of the brands they buy.


Lanka Spice opens new ‘Mc Currie’ showroom in Horton Place, Borella

Views - 122 Monday, 27 May 2019 01:51

Lanka Spice Ltd., (LSL) manufacturer of trusted, high quality, authentic Sri Lankan spices and condiments has recently opened yet another ‘Mc Currie’ showroom in the heart of Colombo. The showroom, strategically located at No. 94, D.S. Senanayake


A case for reviewing plantation management

Views - 582 Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:22

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in


Sampath Bank partners with Department of Agriculture to strengthen Wayamba Isuru Farmers Market

Views - 89 Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:20

Leveraging local resources to promote sustainable agriculture, Sampath Bank PLC has stepped forward to empower an organic market called ‘Wayamba Isuru Farmers Market’ in Kurunegala. Produced under close supervision of the Provincial Department of


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Find out where he is going – In pursuit of the consumer journey

Monday, 21 October 2019

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Vote for the candidate with the best team of advisors

Monday, 21 October 2019

It is a tough challenge to be a successful president or prime minister. To craft a socio economic policy that will bring prosperity and to implement it, is a very, very tough ask. Can any of the candidates for president be able to create such a plan


Fixing lending rates and waiving farmer loans: two policies that do not augur well for borrowers

Monday, 21 October 2019

Two policies relating to lending Recently, there were two policy pronouncements relating to lending, one already implemented by the Central Bank and the other being proposed for implementation by the SLPP presidential hopeful, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, tha


Ministry of Tourism: A nation rich in hospitality

Monday, 21 October 2019

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