t-sips, capturing the very essence of tea

Published : 12:01 am  October 26, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  463 views  |  

Following are excerpts of an interview with Expolanka Teas CEO and Director Dhilshad Sideek on the speciality of their brand t-sips, which was launched in 2006, and its interest in rowing and Cerebral Palsy. t-sips is fast becoming a growing brand name in the Sri Lankan tea trade and it stands out from the rest with its SLS certification, which no other tea brand in Sri Lanka carries  Read More →


Watawala Plantations grows its way to profit in 2Q

Published : 12:01 am  October 26, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  371 views  |  

The Plantation arm of Sunshine Holdings, Watawala Plantations PLC, recorded a PAT of Rs. 186 million for Q2 2012/13 compared to a loss of Rs. 16.8 million reported in the same period a year ago.  Read More →


South Asian researchers say women farmers should be a priority for food security

Published : 1:10 am  October 24, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  1 Comment  |  1,318 views  |  
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Empowering women to be confident farmers should be a priority of South Asian countries, according to a GDN Policy Brief on addressing challenges to food security and rural livelihoods in South Asia, launched this week in Colombo. Empowered women farmers can increase their income and develop a stable rural livelihood, the policy brief recommended. The brief highlighted an example from Kerala, a state in south India, where 250,000 women farm 10 million acres of land.  Read More →


Rice cultivation can aggravate global warming: Study

Published : 1:08 am  October 24, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  3,155 views  |  

Washington: Rising temperatures and high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are causing rice paddies to release more of the potent greenhouse gas methane, a new research has claimed. Researchers from the Trinity College Dublin, Northern Arizona University and University of California in Davis gathered all published research to date from 63 different experiments on rice paddies, mostly from Asia and North America.  Read More →


Stop trials of GM crops, say Indian farmers unions

Published : 1:07 am  October 24, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  241 views  |  

HYDERABAD:  Several farmers’ leaders in Andhra Pradesh have asked the state government not to allow GM (genetically modified) crop trials. Representatives of an all-party farmers unions have met Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana on Sunday evening and requested him not to give permission for the GM field trials in the State.  Read More →


Principles for responsible investment in agriculture to be developed

Published : 1:06 am  October 24, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  255 views  |  

Committee on World Food Security approves two-year process Rome: A two-year consultation process to develop principles for responsible investment in agriculture that respect rights, livelihoods and resources was approved by the 39th Session of the Committee on World Security (CFS), which ended on Saturday at FAO headquarters.  Consultations will be carried out at global and regional levels under the auspices of CFS, the foremost inclusive platform for everyone to agree on policies that ensure food security and nutrition for all.  The intergovernmental body is open to effective and meaningful participation by UN bodies, civil society, the private sector, agricultural research institutions,... 


India’s 2013 milk output forecast to hit record 135.5 m tons

Published : 1:05 am  October 24, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  819 views  |  

New Delhi: India’s milk production, highest in the world, is estimated to touch a record 135.5 million tons next year on firming domestic demand and better prices, a study has said. It is expected to be sufficient to meet the local demand, and there may not be significant export volumes of skimmed milk powder (SMP) even as the ban has been lifted on the same in June 2012.  Read More →


Southeast Asia wasting too much food

Published : 12:05 am  October 12, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  3 Comments  |  1,147 views  |  
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IRIN: As cities expand in Southeast Asia, more and more food is going to waste and governments are ill-prepared to stem the loss, according experts recently convened by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies in Singapore.  Read More →


Shawlands earns record price at Colombo Tea Auctions

Published : 12:01 am  October 12, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  844 views  |  

Shawlands Estate, Lunugala earned an All Time Record of Rs. 1,250 per kilo for its liquoring OP grade recently. This surpassed the previous record price of Rs. 1,240 established in the year 2008.  Read More →


Do subsidies improve nutrition?

Published : 12:01 am  October 12, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

BANGKOK (IRIN): When food price subsidies are given to the poor, the assumption is that they improve both access and nutrition, but the impact these subsidies have on the quality of nutrition is inconclusive, say experts.  Read More →


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