Author Archive for Agriculture

Condemnation of the misleading statement made by Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya on the role of Agriculture Professionals

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

Media Release We, hereby, vehemently condemn the derogatory and misleading remarks made by Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya – who seems to be a consummate politician and is a medical trade union leader – during a recent media release, in which he challenged the Agricultural officers’ knowledge on organic agriculture. Furthermore, we believe that his conduct is […]

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Govt to import organic fertilizer needed for Maha Season

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana With the ban on the import of chemical fertilizer, the Ministry of Agriculture has identified the need to take immediate action to supply the required organic fertilizer for the 2021/2022 Maha Season. Currently, there are 27 local organic fertilizer manufacturers licensed by the National Fertilizer Secretariat Office. Considering the production capacity of 10 […]

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Perpetuating myths about fertilisers

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

By Prof.Kirthi Tennakone, National Institute of Fundamental Studies(ktenna@yahoo.co.uk ) Discussions on chemical fertilisers aroused by the belief they are harmful and degrade the environment worry farmers. The crux of the confusion appears to be that many have forgotten the science learnt in the eighth grade. At school every kid learns that plants grow when green […]

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Northern farmers left high and dry

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Text and Pix By Dinasena Ratugamage  Courtesy The Island Ongoing lockdowns have dealt the pumpkin and ash pumpkin farmers in Kilinochchi a crippling blow; they are unable to sell their produce, says President of the Pooneryn Farmers’ Association S Arluananthan. Stocks of pumpkin and ash pumpkin had been lying in sheds for over three weeks, […]

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Lankan agro-economists’ concerns over import ban on chemical fertilizers and pesticides

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, May 24 (The Island): The Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (SAEC), which is the professional body representing the agricultural economists of Sri Lanka, has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa express concerns over the ban on the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The letter in full:  The Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association […]

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Govt. to purchase vegetable produce brought to Dambulla Economic Centre

Friday, May 14th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The government has decided to purchase stocks of vegetables the farmers had brought to the Dedicated Economic Centre in Dambulla today (May 14), says Matale District MP Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon. The decision has been taken during a meeting with Minister of Public Services, Provincial Councils & Local Government Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Prime Minister’s […]

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ඔඩුදුවන පොහොර අර්බුදය

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්

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Ban on agrochemicals:Where are we heading?

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

By Prof Rohan Rajapakse Courtesy The Island Emeritus Professor of Agriculture Biology UNIVERSITY OF RUHUNA and Former Executive Director Sri Lanka Council of Agriculture Research Policy Sri Lanka is at present engaged in a Total Agro chemical ban as decided by the Government. There are two aspects; the first is the ban on Chemical Fertilizers […]

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Bold Changes Needed to Salvage the Nation’s Tea Plantation Industry

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Ananda Wickramasinghe  The Sri Lankan tea plantation industry is facing serious challenges that call for unbiased analyses of the current status and bold rethinking of the solutions required if it is to continue to hold its place as one of the nation’s leading sources of foreign exchange. What we are witnessing presently is an industry […]

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National program to be launched to distribute 1 million Moringa plants

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The national program titled ‘Jeeva Thuru Udanaya,’ organized by the State Ministry of Agriculture to make the general public aware of the nutritional and economic value of the Moringa (drumstick) tree, is expected to kick off tomorrow (April 17). Manusath Derana, the CSR initiative of TV Derana, will join hands with this program […]

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Lanka to adopt China’s method of using cutting-edge technology to fight poverty

Sunday, April 4th, 2021

By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News Colombo, April 2: Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his telephone conversation with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa earlier this week, said that China can lend a hand to Sri Lanka in the eradication of poverty adding that China succeeded in ending extreme poverty among 99 million people. President Rajapaksa said that […]

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Construction of South Asia’s longest irrigation tunnel begins

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (February 05) inaugurated the construction work of the 28km-long ‘Irrigation Tunnel’ which will be the longest irrigation tunnel in South Asia upon completion. The event took place at Palugaswewa in Anuradhapura, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said. The tunnel will be built under the first phase of the North […]

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Introduction of tea growing to boost income of Sri Lanka’s coconut plantations

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

Courtesy Xinhua COLOMBO, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka’s coconut plantations stand to increase revenue by 60 percent with the introduction of tea as an undergrowth crop, state media citing a government official reported here Saturday. “About 3,000 tea plants can be grown on an acre of coconut plantation, which can increase the annual income […]

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Kitul, Palmyra to be made into main export crops

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily News Kitul to be planted in landslide prone areas:Strict laws to stop felling Palmyra trees:Two million home gardens to receive 4 million Coconut saplings: President plans to promote Kitul and Palmyra into main export crops- Time: 18:28 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revealed his intention to develop Kitul(Fishtail Palms) and Palmyra Palms plantation into main export […]

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Bayer Settles Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuit for $10.9 Billion

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

by Sustainable Pulse Bayer-Monsanto have announced that the company will make a total payment of $10.1 billion to $10.9 billion (€9.1 billion to €9.8 billion) to settle the non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Roundup litigation in the U.S.. Roundup is the most sold glyphosate-based herbicide in the world. The settlement covers approximately 75% of the current Roundup litigation involving approximately 125,000 […]

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Ancient Sri Lankans built canals. Their legacy today? A new type of forest.

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

by Malaka Rodrigo  Courtesy Mongabay.com A new type of forest ecology has been discovered from the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa in north-central Sri Lanka, centered around the irrigation canals abandoned there more than 700 years ago. The unique new forest type closely resembles the riverine forests that are found alongside rivers and other bodies of water, […]

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Sri Lankan asparagus farmer puts down roots in Nara village

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

By Toma Mochizuki Courtesy The Japan Times ASUKA, NARA PREF. – In a small western Japan village known for little more than its ancient burial mounds, an asparagus-loving Sri Lankan farmer has put her heart and soul into showing she belongs, despite sticking out like a green thumb. Udara Kametani, 36, has grown a wide variety […]

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Amid lockdown, Sri Lankans nurture their own oases through home gardening

Friday, May 15th, 2020

by Malaka Rodrigo  Courtesy Mongabay Home gardening has boomed in Sri Lanka as residents under lockdown look to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. The government, which has championed home gardening in the past, launched a program to support a million home gardens by issuing 2 million seed packs and offering technical advice to the […]

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Digital technology as a medium to exchange data within agri-industry?

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has considered the possibility of using digital technology as a medium to exchange data among the farmers, consumers, and suppliers, stated President’s Media Division. Secretaries to the Ministries of Agriculture, Internal Trade, Consumer Welfare, Plantation Industries, and Export Agriculture and several other officials including officials of Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research […]

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Guaranteed price for 14 main crops of Yala Season

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a guaranteed price for 14 main crops of Yala Season with the intention of strengthening the income of local farmers by uplifting the country’s agriculture sector. Minister Bandula Gunawardana stated this addressing the media briefing to announce Cabinet decisions today (23). Accordingly, the Cabinet has also given […]

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කිරි මිලදී ගැනීමට මිල්කො සමාගම සුදානමින්

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

ලසන්ත වික්‍රමසිංහ කිරි ගොවීන්ගේ කිරි නිෂ්පාදනය මිල දී ගැනීමට මිල්කො සමාගම සූදානම්. මේ වන විට රටේ පවතින වාතාවරණය හේතුවෙන් ඇතැම් කිරි ගොවීන් හට ඔවුන්ගේ කිරි අලෙවි කර ගැනීමේ අපහසුතා ඇති වන බව අපට වාර්තා වී ඇත. එය සැළකිල්ලට ගෙන කිරි ගොවීන් නිපදවන දේශීය කිරි අඛණ්ඩව මිල දී ගැනීමට මිල්කො සමාගම විසින් තීරණය කර තිබේ. එබැවින් මහවැලි, කෘෂිකර්ම, වාර්මාර්ග හා ග්‍රාමීය […]

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වී වගාවට හඳුනා නොගත් රෝගයක්-Unidentified disease affecting paddy cultivations in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana

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Crack down on godowns

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Editorial Courtesy The Island The prices of rice and vegetables have gone into the stratosphere, nay mesosphere, and sent both Citizen Perera and the newly formed caretaker government reeling. Inclement weather, which has wreaked havoc on farming areas and caused disruptions to the transport network have also led to sharp increases in the prices of […]

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Presidential candidates and the ailing agriculture sector

Friday, November 15th, 2019

By Dr.  C. S. Weeraratna(csweera@sltnet.lk) Former Professor at Ruhuna and Rajarata universities Courtesy The Island November 14, 2019, 6:35 pm Agricultural sector is the cornerstone in the economic and social development of the country and hence, a number of presidential candidates in their manifestoes highlighted the need to improve this sector.. Around 1.6 million ha […]

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පිටකොටු‌වේ ඇපල් කිලෝව හාරසීයයි එනසාල් දහදාහයි

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

වජිර ලියනගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම  අරුණ පුවත් ලංකාවේ වැඩිම මිලට අලෙවි වන මල කුමක්දැයි ඔබත් ඇසුවහොත් ඔබ ඕකිඩ්, ගාඩිනියා, ලැවැන්ඩර් ආදී විවිධ මල් වර්ග සිහියට නගා ගනු ඇත්තේ නිතැතිනි. එහෙත් ලංකාවේ මිල අධිකම මල ඔය කියන එක කෙහෙල්මලක් නොවේ. ලංකාවේ මිල අධිකම මල සාදික්කා මලය. එය පිටකොටුවේ කුළු බඩු තොග අලෙවිකරුවන් අතර තොග මිල කිලෝවක් රුපියල් […]

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