All-time record price for Sithaka tea

Published : 12:14 am  October 2, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  2 Comments  |  454 views  |  

Once again Sithaka obtained an all-time record price for its OP1 grade at Rs. 820 at the Colombo Tea Auctions on 25 September 2012, surpassing the previous record price of Rs. 810 per kg.  Read More →


Kenya tea earnings seen up 1%, output to drop

Published : 12:14 am  October 2, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  232 views  |  

NAIROBI (Reuters): Kenya’s tea export earnings are expected to rise 1% year on year to 110 billion shillings ($1.30 billion) in 2012, despite a forecast drop in production, the industry regulator said on Monday.  Read More →


Underground solution to starving rice plants

Published : 12:44 am  September 25, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,289 views  |  
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Scientists have pinpointed a gene that enables rice plants to produce around 20% more grain by increasing uptake of phosphorus, an important, but limited, plant nutrient.  Read More →


Plantation sector gets global recognition for best practices in HRD

Published : 12:42 am  September 25, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  654 views  |  

Sri Lankan plantation industry veteran Dan Seevaratnam was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award at The Asia Pacific HRM Congress, one of the most prestigious human resource summits in the world held in Bangalore, India, last week.  Read More →


Sunil new MD at Richard Pieris Plantations

Published : 12:40 am  September 25, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  431 views  |  

Sunil Poholiyadde, a veteran in the plantation industry has been appointed as the Managing Director of the Plantations Sector of the Richard Pieris Group which comprises Kegalle Plantations PLC, Namunukula Plantations PLC and Maskeliya Plantations PLC with effect from 12 August.  Read More →


Tokyo futures open lower as global growth worries persist

Published : 12:40 am  September 25, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  220 views  |  

TOKYO, (Reuters): Key TOCOM rubber futures edged down on Monday, taking cues from weaker oil and Asian stock prices, with investors continuing to fret about global growth despite steps from major central banks to bolster their economies.  Read More →


PHDT marks two decades in estate sector welfare work

Published : 12:39 am  September 25, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  421 views  |  

By D.C. Ranatunga Gnanavalli grew up in the Eskdale Division of Park Estate near Ragalla. Her parents were employees of the estate. She read her first letters at the Child Development Centre (CDC) in the estate. With the grounding she got there, she continued her studies until she got admitted to the Eastern University and passed out as an arts graduate. “I still have fond memories of the days at the CDC,” she says.  Read More →


India rubber seen up on global cues, supply drop

Published : 1:18 am  September 13, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,448 views  |  
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Reuters: Natural rubber futures in India are likely to rise this week tracking gains in the overseas markets and on lower supplies in local spot markets as farmers hold back stocks expecting a further rise in prices.  Read More →


India’s natural rubber imports dip 17%

Published : 1:17 am  September 13, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  1 Comment  |  896 views  |  

MUMBAI (Reuters): India’s natural rubber imports in August fell 17 percent on year to 14,870 tons as tyre-makers reduced imports hoping local prices would fall, a senior government official, who declined to be named, told Reuters on Tuesday.  Read More →


RRI unveils improved knife for rubber tapping

Published : 1:15 am  September 13, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  2 Comments  |  1,979 views  |  

By Maheshi Perera Rubber tapping is a profession that requires deep skills and right tools, which is exactly what the rubber industry in Sri Lanka lacks today. The numbers of skilled tree tappers are declining and more and more people are deviating from the industry. This is having a huge negative impact on the rubber industry and the economy in Sri Lanka.  Read More →


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