Agriculture

Review of tea industry in 2018

Views - 391 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan tea industry witnessed a moderate slowdown with decline in production, averages and exports in comparison to year 2017. The industry’s export revenue continues to witness static growth when compared to previous years. The fundamental


Marketing Board planned to boost spice exports

Views - 91 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte After more than a decade the Primary Industries Ministry is planning to re-establish a marketing board for spices and has requested an allocation of Rs. 1.4 billion from the Government to boost spice exports from 5,000 export vill


13.5% best ever leasing rate for agri sector

Views - 55 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

NDB Leasing and business customers can enjoy a special interest rate of 13.5% until 31 July, through ‘Smart Agri Leasing’ by NDB Leasing. This offer is available to support the vehicle requirements of customers involved in agriculture, poultry, f


Nestlé comments on eco-damaging dairy factory farms in Sri Lanka report

Views - 121 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 01:25

With reference to the article titled ‘Western corporations funding huge expansion of eco-damaging dairy factory farms in Sri Lanka, study finds’, reported by UK’s Independent newspaper and published in Daily FT on 29 January, following is the r


Pothotuwa and Dellawa excel

Views - 149 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 01:25

Pothotuwa Tea Factory equalled its all-time record price of Rs. 1,500 and Dellawa Tea Processing Centre achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 1,500 for a BOPF grade in the Low Grown category at the Tea Auctions held on 29 January. Dellawa is inte


All-time record price for Nuwara Eliya Estate

Views - 80 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:07

Nuwara Eliya estate situated in Labookelle has established an all-time record price at last week’s tea auction held on 22January. A liquoring OP grade of this estate selling under the ‘Inverness’ mark sold at an attractive price of Rs.980per k


2018 tea crop dips by 3.8 m kilos

Views - 60 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:04

Tea production in 2018 had declined by 3.8 million kilos or 1.2% to 303.8 million kilos, with Low Growns suffering the steepest fall whilst CTC production reached a record high. According to Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers, Low Growns crop declined by


Sri Lanka Market Review 2018 and Outlook 2019

Views - 912 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

World production of tea could well reach 6 billion kg in 2018. A review of published data of the International Tea Committee (ITC) shows 2017 achieving 5.8 billion against 5.5 the year before. These numbers are driven to a great extent by China’s a


Feeding 9 million mouths by 2030: Are we ready?

Views - 68 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:05

Under the proposed Sri Lanka Development Policy Framework’s Megapolis project, the Western region will have an estimated population of nine million by the year 2030. Whilst focusing on building the infrastructure, planning and policy making, it is


IFAD assistance to boost development of plantations and agriculture sector in Sri Lanka

Views - 140 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Dr. Tarek Kotb, the Country Program Manager of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Mission’s Asia and Pacific region has called on Sri Lanka’s Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake at his Ministry.Through the IFAD


Cooperatives enter national rice supply chain

Views - 66 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Boosting much needed farmer income and even blocking domestic market manipulations by the country’s large rice miller oligopoly, Sri Lankan Cooperative System is taking on a new challenge. The Cooperative sector – hitherto been on the rice distri


International Rice Research Institute honours President Sirisena

Views - 72 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

On the sidelines of entering into a five-year agreement to boost partnership, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) last week recognised Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena for his contribution to the development of agriculture. A


India’s sugar mills struggling to export surplus as overseas prices fall

Views - 44 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India’s sugar exports are likely to be far lower than a 5 million-tonne target set by New Delhi as a strengthening rupee and falling global prices make shipments unattractive despite a government push for overseas sales, industry


The Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka receives prestigious Scopus inclusion

Views - 111 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

The Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka (JAS-SL) has received its highest evaluation to be indexed in Scopus, the largest abstract and the citation database by the Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB). Following the completion of titl


CTC continues to reforest Sri Lanka, one sapling at a time

Views - 92 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) recently marked its latest iteration of their Plant a Tree – Save The Planet, annual tree planting program. This year’s project was carried out in Padavigama, Meegalewa at the Sri Mahindaramaya Temple. Over 1,


Western Province to benefit from Chinese expertise in agriculture

Views - 72 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:43

Western Province governorate and Hainan Province in China will shortly sign an agreement to cooperate with each other to develop new techniques in agricultural projects in Sri Lanka.


Lucky Kottawa Tea Factory receives Award of Excellence at SDEA Awards

Views - 65 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:42

One of the well-known manufacturers of high quality tea in Sri Lanka, Lucky Kottawa Tea Factory received an award of National Excellence in Small Scale, Manufacturing Sector, National Level at Social Dialog &Workplace Cooperation Awards 2018 organise


Craighead Estate brews exceptional performance

Views - 47 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:41

Craighead Estate located in Nawalapitiya is bordered by the beautiful Gampola Valley to the east, the stunning Dolosbage Hills to the west, Adams Peak to the south and the Pidurutalagala Mountain range to the north.


Pothotuwa Tea Factory excels at tea auction

Views - 48 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:37

Pothotuwa Tea Factory situated in a low grown elevation produces teas of fine character and taste. Attention to detail in tea processing has seen the factory achieve all-time record prices of Rs. 1,500 for two low grown BOPF lines at the second sale


WHO study likens palm oil lobbying to tobacco and alcohol industries

Views - 85 Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:47

GENEVA (Reuters): The palm oil industry is deploying tactics similar to those of the alcohol and tobacco industries to influence research into the health effects of its product, a study published by the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Evid


Sri Lanka announces 1Q19 fertiliser prices

Views - 68 Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:46

Argus Media has announced that the Sri Lankan Government has declared the maximum price that private-sector importers can pay for imported cargoes for the 1Q19. Argus Media reported: “The Government has reduced the ceiling price for imported urea t


Dutch dairy sector trade delegation to visit Sri Lanka

Views - 136 Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:46

A delegation from the dairy sector in the Netherlands will be visiting Sri Lanka during the period of 14 to 17 January. The delegation will include companies specialising in storage of feed, processing and cooling equipment, technology consultation,


Three things to remember when working with farmers in establishing agricultural value chains

Views - 387 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:08

What is the most important element in an agricultural value chain? An agricultural value chain is a collection of many stakeholders. Some of these stakeholders are rent seekers, such as the middle tradesman, transporters and buyers (including exporte


Navin reappoints CDA and TSHDA Chairmen

Views - 272 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:06

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake has reappointed Udaya Rupasinghe as the Chairman of the Coconut Development Authority (CDA) and Wijeratne Devagedara as the Chairman of the Tea Smallholdings Development Authority (TSHDA). The appoi


Malaysia reviewing palm oil export taxes amid bulging stockpiles

Views - 77 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:03

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters): Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, is reviewing the duty structure for its exports of the edible oil, according to its minister in charge of agriculture produced for export, to boost demand and reduce bu


FAO urges to scale up response to climate change in agricultural sectors

Views - 48 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:03

The world must scale up the response to climate change, particularly in agricultural sectors, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo told delegates at a high-level side-event of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowic


Longer shelf life for fruits and vegetables with Bio-Wax from Hayleys ‘Govi Aruna Naturals’

Views - 143 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:02

Bio-Wax approved by the Department of Agriculture is a novel formulation developed by the Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka. Bio-Wax is an edible coating and has been produced with the use of nano-technology and comprises of beeswax, cinna


Tea industry’s performance in 2018 and prospects for 2019

Views - 3565 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:43

Year 2018 began with a lot of optimism in the backdrop of an excellent year (2017) that was witnessed in terms of tea prices. The first quarter commenced on a high, with the quarterly auction average being recorded as the highest ever. However, as th


FAO and WFO to help farmers drive global agricultural agenda

Views - 57 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have reaffirmed their commitment to help farmers become the drivers of the global agricultural agenda. The new FAO-WFO agreement will focus on supporting a


Hayleys Plantations records historic wins at National Business Excellence Awards 2018

Views - 106 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

Consolidating its reputation as one of Sri Lanka’s most respected tea producers, Hayleys Plantations made history after its subsidiary Talawakele Tea Estates PLC (TTEL) was presented with the award for Overall Excellence at the recently-concluded N


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