FAO calls for farmer-centred approach to investment in agriculture

Published : 12:00 am  December 11, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  443 views  |  

ROME: Making more and better investments in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger and poverty while safeguarding the environment.  Read More →


Rs. 371.2 m worth seed paddy for farmers hit by drought

Published : 1:19 am  December 6, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,190 views  |  
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The Treasury has granted Rs. 371.215 million to provide 291,657 bushels of seed paddy to the farmers who were affected by the drought of Yala 2012 free of charge.  Read More →


Kenya top tea grade prices rise for fourth week

Published : 1:18 am  December 6, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  1 Comment  |  670 views  |  

NAIROBI (Reuters): The average price of Kenya’s top tea grade rose to $4.33 per kg at the auction this week from $4.29 last week, market participants said on Wednesday.  Read More →


Lower quantity; good demand at tea auctions this week

Published : 1:17 am  December 6, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  499 views  |  

The overall auction quantity declined further this week and totalled 5.8M/kgs. There was good demand all around. Ex-Estate offerings too were lower to last and totalled 1M/kgs. Overall quality on offer with the exception of a few select Western’s were mostly lower to last. In this backdrop the excellent demand witnessed at this week’s auction is indeed encouraging! Perhaps arising due to urgent shipment.  Read More →


Organic fertiliser production enhanced

Published : 1:16 am  December 6, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  444 views  |  

Steps have been taken to enhance production of organic fertiliser and thereby minimise the expenditure being incurred for the import of chemical fertiliser. The budget proposal to pay Rs. 40 per kilogram of paddy produced using organic fertilizer is one of these measures.  Read More →


India’s April-Sept tea exports drop 20%

Published : 1:16 am  December 6, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  504 views  |  

Reuters: India’s tea exports in April to September dropped by a fifth from last year to 81.85 million kg, the State-run Tea Board said in a statement. In value term, however, exports during the period eased only 3.3% due to higher per kg realisation.  Read More →


Program launched to enhance onion cultivation

Published : 12:25 am  December 4, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,119 views  |  
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The Ministry of Agriculture Ministry launched several programs to enhance big onion and red onion cultivation to meet the local demand. The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane said that red onion will be cultivated on 117 acres and big onion on 257 acres under these programs.  Read More →


Tokyo rubber futures at one month high

Published : 12:23 am  December 4, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  941 views  |  

BANGKOK (Reuters): Tokyo rubber futures rose to a one-month high on Monday on speculative buying, supported by promising Chinese economic data and firm oil prices, but profit-taking limited gains, dealers said.  Read More →


Imperial Teas concludes African study with MTI

Published : 12:21 am  December 4, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  895 views  |  

Imperial Teas, one of Sri Lanka’s leading tea exporters, recently engaged MTI Consulting’s research practice to assess new market opportunities in Africa  Read More →


Rice of the future gets financial boost

Published : 12:01 am  November 23, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,985 views  |  
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The pursuit to rein in hunger with the development of a “cutting-edge” rice of the future has received a financial boost, and is now rolling into its second phase. Led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the project seeks to create “C4 rice” – rice with a built-in fuel injector to better convert sunlight into grain, potentially resulting in up to 50% higher production all while using less water and nutrients.  Read More →


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