Neglected crops need a rethink, and help face food security challenges in future

Published : 12:09 am  January 1, 2013  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  624 views  |  
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Neglected crops that are currently underutilised by farmers can play an important role, addressing the food and agriculture challenges of the future and should be re-evaluated, FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, said recently at an international seminar taking place in this southern Spanish city.  Read More →


FDA closer to approving biotech salmon, critics furious

Published : 12:08 am  January 1, 2013  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  499 views  |  

Reuters: A controversial genetically engineered salmon has moved a step closer to the consumer’s dining table after the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday the fish didn’t appear likely to pose a threat to the environment or to humans who eat it.  Read More →


India allows sugar exports for third straight year

Published : 12:07 am  January 1, 2013  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  305 views  |  

Reuters: The Indian government has issued a formal order allowing mills to export sugar, a trade ministry statement said last week, permitting overseas shipments of the sweetener for the third consecutive year.  Read More →


Indonesia sees strong output of commodities in 2013

Published : 12:07 am  January 1, 2013  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  272 views  |  

JAKARTA (Reuters): Indonesia expects unmilled rice output to hit 72.064 million tonnes in 2013, up from 68.965 million tonnes this year, Agriculture Minister Suswono said on Wednesday.  Read More →


Lanka’s November tea crop down

Published : 12:07 am  January 1, 2013  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  405 views  |  

Tea Production for November this year has been recorded as 29.8 MKGS, which is a month-on-month decrease of 1.9 MKGS when compared to last year’s crop for the corresponding month, according to Lanka Commodity Brokers.  Read More →


Global black tea output down by 2.27%

Published : 12:06 am  January 1, 2013  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  761 views  |  

The Hindu Business Line: The November tea production data of Malawi and Indonesia have just come out. Accordingly, the global black tea production till this period has fallen by 2.27% over the corresponding period of last year, reveals an analysis of the latest data available with producers and traders’ organisations.  Read More →


Innovative rice science: A must for global food security

Published : 12:06 am  January 1, 2013  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  947 views  |  

Climate-change-ready rice varieties, water-saving technologies, more nutritious rice, better access to rice market information, and mobile apps to deliver advice to farmers are just some of the technologies forecast to help reduce poverty and improve food security by the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Dr. Robert Zeigler, during his Coromandel lecture  in India recently.  Read More →


Outgrower system flourishing at Endana Estate

Published : 12:01 am  December 24, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,425 views  |  
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Endana Estate in Ratnapura,  which belongs to the Regional Plantation Company (RPC), Kahawatta Plantations PLC, says its new ‘outgrower model’ is now generating dividends for both the estate and employees. One of the nine Kahawatta Plantation estates located in the central mountainous region in the foothills of the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve in Kahawatte, Endana Estate cultivates, tea, rubber and cinnamon. Over the past eight years, the estate has been gradually testing an outgrower system for its tea cultivation.  Read More →


Bank of Ceylon introduces ‘Thurusaviya Loan Scheme’ for small scale rubber estate owners

Published : 12:00 am  December 24, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,937 views  |  

Rubber is one of the three main export crops in our country.  At present, Sri Lanka produces 150,000 metric tons of rubber per month.  The income received from export of rubber in 2010 was Rs. 83,224 million (US$ 736 million). Observations since 2004 have revealed that the income we get from producing rubber has continuously been increasing. It is from the rubber produced by the small rubber estate owners that we earn 65% of the foreign exchange earned from rubber products.  Read More →


Spice industry maintains positive performance in 2012

Published : 12:00 am  December 24, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,077 views  |  

Expects increase in spice exports over 2011By Cheranka Mendis  The current year has been a successful and eventful one for the local spice industry and stakeholders are anticipating a slight increase in spice exports by the end of the year in comparison to 2011.  Read More →


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