India rubber to extend losses on rising supply

Published : 12:01 am  October 12, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  300 views  |  

Reuters: Natural rubber futures in India are expected to extend losses this week on rising supplies, a drop in the overseas markets and weak demand as tyre makers raise imports.  Read More →


Top rubber producers set mechanism to prop up prices

Published : 12:01 am  October 8, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,210 views  |  
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): The world’s top rubber-producers, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, have set up a support mechanism to intervene if rubber prices fall below $2.70 per kg, a Malaysian industry source told Reuters on Friday, in a bid to prop up prices. The deal was struck on Thursday when officials from the Southeast Asian countries met in Thailand to review measures to support the market, said the source who attended the meeting.  Read More →


CIC Holdings launches conference on food and nutrition security

Published : 12:00 am  October 8, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  651 views  |  

By Shanuka Tissera A day-long conference sponsored by CIC Holdings Plc on ‘Global Food and Nutrition Security; Challenges and Opportunities for Sri Lanka’ will take place on 17 October in Colombo. The event will bring together scientists, food nutritionist, policymakers, academics and agri-business firms for the first time, to debate and discuss the way forward to secure food nutrition and security in Sri Lanka.  Read More →


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao given Agricola Medal, FAO’s highest award

Published : 12:00 am  October 8, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  265 views  |  

Beijing/Rome: FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva last week presented the Organisation’s highest award, the Agricola Medal, to Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of China.  Read More →


Severe drought slashes tea crop, high grown output down 11.6%, says PA

Published : 12:17 am  October 2, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  819 views  |  
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The Planters’ Association of Ceylon yesterday highlighted the plight of the Regional Plantation Companies (RPC’s) which are facing a drastic drop in crop intake due to the severe drought, with high grown output coming down by 11.6% during January to August this year.  Read More →


Record prices for High Grown Orange Pekoe Grades

Published : 12:15 am  October 2, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  682 views  |  

A line of Orange Pekoe (OP1) was sold at Rs. 560 per kg, under the Inverness selling mark of Nuwara Eliya Estate at last week’s tea auction. This is a new record for a Western High Grown OP1 and the previous record was also held by Inverness. Nuwara Eliya Estate is part of Kelani Valley Plantations Ltd., a subsidiary of Dipped Products Ltd.  Read More →


All-time record price for Sithaka tea

Published : 12:14 am  October 2, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  2 Comments  |  474 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  |  242 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  |  1,335 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  |  679 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 →


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