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National Farmers’ Week opens to mark centenary of Agricultural Research Institute at Gannoruwa

Published : 12:43 am  July 23, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  865 views  |  
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Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on Friday kicked off the National Farmers Week 2012 at the Agricultural Research Institute at Gannoruwa. The Agriculture Department celebrates its centenary this year and the National Farmers’ Week 2012 is on until 25 July under the theme ‘Hunger Free Proud Century’.   Read More →


Global black tea output falls

Published : 12:42 am  July 23, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  661 views  |  

Coonoor: Led by India, global black tea production in the first five months of current calendar has fallen by 64.29 million kg (mkg) over the same period of 2011, reveals an analysis of the latest data available from trade bodies. “According to our compilation, global black tea production has dropped to 575.45 mkg from 639.74 mkg last year,” Rajesh Gupta, Director, Global Tea Brokers and publisher of annual Global Tea Statistical Diary, told Business Line.  Read More →


Ceylon Fertilizer Company gets ISO 9011:2008 certification

Published : 12:37 am  July 20, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  895 views  |  
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Under the patronage of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, the ISO 9001: 2008 Certification Award Ceremony for Ceylon Fertiliser Company was held at the Waters Edge Hotel in Baththaramulla on 17 July. The official website of the Ceylon Fertiliser Company was also launched at the same event  Read More →


Alcoholism prevention programs improve plantation productivity

Published : 12:35 am  July 20, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  1 Comment  |  1,702 views  |  

 Industry officials call for funding to continue efforts     Industry officials say they have observed a notable increase in productivity among estate workers as a result of the numerous alcohol prevention programs conducted in various estates over the last couple of years.    Read More →


Increased productivity, more sustainable systems will improve global food security

Published : 12:32 am  July 20, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  1 Comment  |  277 views  |  

Rome: While international agricultural commodity markets appear to have entered calmer conditions after record highs last year, food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook.  Read More →


Rise in dollar prices in Kenya missing in Colombo tea auctions

Published : 12:31 am  July 20, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  798 views  |  

Colombo tea auctions appear to be missing the rise in dollar prices enjoyed by Kenyan counterpart in recent months, according to Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers Ltd.  Read More →


Dwindling tea crop a concern – John Keells

Published : 12:30 am  July 20, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  401 views  |  

The dwindling tea crop and its impact on higher cost of production have raised concerns for the industry, according to commodity broker John Keells Ltd.  Read More →


Asia’s rice mountain to pressure prices as buyers lose appetite

Published : 1:15 am  July 18, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  370 views  |  
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SINGAPORE (Reuters): Asia’s bulging stocks of rice, coupled with the waning appetite of top buyers, will keep a lid on prices of the grain in coming months, promising relief to food importers grappling with a one-third jump in the prices of corn and wheat since mid-June. Top rice exporters India and Thailand are sitting on hefty stockpiles of the grain ahead of new crop harvests, while leading buyers Manila and Jakarta are likely to reduce purchases amid bumper domestic crops. A limit on rice prices will ensure sufficient supplies for some of the poorest nations in Asia and Africa, all but ruling out the kind of panic buying seen in 2008, when fears of supply shortfall drove Thai rice... 


India’s May tea output drops 4.8%

Published : 1:12 am  July 18, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  651 views  |  

Reuters: India’s tea production in May dropped to 72.5 million kg, down 4.8% from a year earlier, the State-run Tea Board said, as unfavourable weather in the top-producing north eastern state of Assam state hampered plucking.  Read More →


El Nino indicators ease, still expected late 2012

Published : 1:11 am  July 18, 2012  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  286 views  |  

Reuters: Climate indicators for an El Niño event in the western Pacific have eased slightly in the past fortnight, but meteorologists still expect the weather pattern which can bring drought to the Asia-Pacific and damage crops to form late in 2012. El Nino indicators such as the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), sea surface temperatures and trade winds have eased over the past two weeks, but are still close to El Niño thresholds, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.  Read More →


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