BOI company Aquamarines International breeds sea horses in Ja-Ela

Views - 50 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s leading ornamental fish exporter Aquamarines International Ltd. was established in 1963 and operates as a BOI enterprise. The company specialises in breeding of ornamental fish particularly varieties of tropical sea fish and invertebrat

Sri Lanka, IRRI set priority areas to restore rice self-sufficiency

Views - 22 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Agriculture and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have recently signed an agreement to begin restoring the country’s rice self-sufficiency. The agreement, signed by Dr. W.M.W. Weerakoon, Director General of

Regional Symposium on Sustainable Development Goal 14

Views - 29 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:21

It is a pleasure to address you at this important and timely event.

FAO-led Bay of Bengal fisheries project re-energised with $ 15m from Global Environment Facility

Views - 23 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:00

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved $ 15 million in funding to assist continued management of the large marine ecosystem in the Bay of Bengal in order to help sustain ecosystem services for the benefit of the coastal populations and co

Kelani Estate surpasses own record yet again!

Views - 40 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:00

Kelani Tea Factory achieved an all-time record price of Rs. 1,000 per kg for a Low Grown BOPFSp grade surpassing its previous record of Rs. 980 at the weekly tea auctions held on 26 June. This is the third consecutive

Emirates Flight Catering builds world’s largest vertical farming facility in Dubai

Views - 35 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:00

Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and Crop One will co-invest $ 40 million to build the world’s largest vertical farming facility near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. The project is a joint venture with US-based Crop One Hold

Green Space Consultancies launches Agri-Economic Report

Views - 65 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:00

Green Space Consultancies (GSC) launched an Agri-Economic research report on Tuesday on the topic “Understanding Farmer Perspectives on Proposed Tobacco Growing Ban and Opportunity to Diversify.” The report was the culmination of a study conducte

Finding success through resilience

Views - 67 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Fewer and fewer young Sri Lankans choose to pursue dairy farming as a source of income, believing that the industry is labour-intensive, unprofitable and unattractive.

Plantations must innovate labour solutions to grow

Views - 111 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister Ravindra Samaraweera said the future of the plantation sector depends

Ceylon Tea Brokers brews best-ever results in FY18

Views - 277 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC has posted best ever results during the financial year ended on 31 March 2018, in addition completing and kicking off several key initiatives.

Dairy prices push the FAO Food Price Index up in May

Views - 27 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Global agricultural food commodity prices rose in May, with dairy prices jumping significantly. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 176.2 points during the month, up 1.2% from April.

General demand at tea auctions this week

Views - 74 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

By Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers This week’s auction volumes totalled 7.9 million kgs, marginally below last week’s quantity of 8.1 million kgs. There was fair general demand mostly at easier rates following quality. Ex-estate offerings were sim

Alma and Kelani estates establish new records

Views - 133 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Alma and Kelani estates established new record prices at the weekly tea auctions held on Tuesday (12 June). Alma estate established a new all-time record price of Rs. 840 per kg for a BOP1 grade in the Udapussellawa elevational category. This invoice

Bogawantalawa winner of Best Sustainable Product at Global Sustainable Food Awards 2018 in Amsterdam

Views - 135 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Leading the way in sustainability and causing a paradigm shift in the tea industry and the way it is viewed globally, Bogawantalawa Tea Estates triumphed amongst the world giants winning the award under the category of New Sustainable Product at the

20 actions to transforming food and agriculture

Views - 47 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

To help policy makers and other development actors accelerate progress towards global promises to end poverty and hunger, FAO has released a set of 20 inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on tackling th

Lankan industrialists off to Myanmar as part of $ 3 b rubber exports target

Views - 77 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is sending 20 industrialists from 10 manufacturers to this week’s global exposition in Myanmar for the first time as part of the country’s revived efforts to hit $ 3 b in rubber exports. “This is the first time that the Industry Minis

JICA strengthens good agriculture practices with study tour to Thailand for Govt. officials

Views - 85 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded a study visit program recently for Sri Lankan Government

Increased rice yield to support Sri Lanka’s agricultural rebound

Views - 38 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Following a series of climate-impacted yields, Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector is forecast to rebound in 2018, with stronger

Bayer takes over Monsanto in $ 63 b merger deal

Views - 52 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Frankfurt (Germany): German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said it has completed the acquisition of US-based

Asia Rice: India prices dip as Bangladesh production recovers

Views - 26 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): Rice export prices in India fell last week to their lowest this year on sluggish demand before

CIC Dairies rewards top distributor sales representatives

Views - 76 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

CIC Dairies recently recognised and rewarded their island-wide distributor sales representatives who had performed

India poised to unveil sweeteners for sugar mills, cane growers

Views - 16 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India is set to announce a slew of support measures for the sugar sector, government sources said

CIC Agro calls on policy makers to revert regulations on maize distribution

Views - 108 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

The recent budget proposal to allow the feed millers to import maize under a special limited quote has been met with resistance from CIC Agro Businesses.

New Zealand to spend $ 600 m to eradicate cattle disease

Views - 18 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

WELLINGTON (Reuters): New Zealand, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, will spend more than NZ$ 880 million ($ 610 million)

Dairy industry looks to stakeholder collaboration for progress and sustainability

Views - 135 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

The All Island Dairy Association (AIDA) recently organised a seminar on ‘Challenges in Meeting Emerging Trends in the Dairy Industry

Navin locks horns again for palm oil industry

Views - 190 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake reassured the industry stakeholders that he will fight for the 20,000 hectare approved for palm oil cultivation, insisting to follow up on the policy decision. “I will fight wit

Navin devolves rubber sector to State Minister

Views - 40 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Plantation Minister Navin Dissanayake on Friday announced that he will devolve the rubber sector, to his State Minister A.D. Champika Premadasa shortly. “I believe in devolving decision making to other people also. I have too much of duties and res

Dairy industry calls for reality check and proper regulatory framework to be implemented

Views - 112 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

The dairy industry called for a reality check and a proper regulatory framework to be implemented recently as they believe

Overview of tea industry in 1Q 2018

Views - 173 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

The 1st quarter of the Sri Lankan Tea industry saw an upward momentum with elevation averages superseding the comparative

Global tea consumption, production driven by robust demand in China and India

Views - 129 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:09

Global tea consumption and production are projected to keep rising over the next decade, driven by robust demand in developing and emerging countries.

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Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.

Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio

Profit before principle: Khashoggi and US-Saudi relations

Friday, 19 October 2018

The mysterious disappearance of a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, from inside the Saudi Embassy complex in Turkey on 2 October and an array of circumstantial evidence surrounding his disappearance lead one to suspect that Jamal was possibly abduct

When shame and honour take the hypocritical centre stage

Friday, 19 October 2018

As human beings, we experience a gamut of emotions. These help individuals to express themselves, and authorities to exercise control over entire societies. The most common feelings engendered by our race span a spectrum from guilt and shame to fear.

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