Author Archive for Agriculture

Government lifts import ban on glyphosate

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Finance Ministry has lifted the import ban on the popular weedicide glyphosate with effect from August 5 while allowing glyphosate imports into the country subject to import control license requirement. According to the Gazette Extraordinary No 2291/44 signed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilisation and […]

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Sri Lanka’s Army To Cultivate On Barren Land To Supplement Country’s Food Security Amid Crisis

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Courtesy Outlook Sri Lanka’s army established its Green Agriculture Steering Committee (GASC) to supplement and promote the food security programme in the country facing worst economic crisis. The Sri Lanka Army will take part in a farming drive aimed at cultivating over 1,500 acres of barren or abandoned state land to multiply food production and […]

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Take holiday to grow your own food, civil servants told by Sri Lankan government

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Courtesy The South China Morning Post Officials granted leave for one working day a week and ‘provided with the facilities to engage in agricultural activities in their backyards’, cabinet said The country’s unprecedented economic downturn has left staple foods in short supply and 4 out of 5 people in the nation of 22 million were […]

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SL sign USD 27 million project with US to double the milk production

Monday, June 13th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News On June 13, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung attended the signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sri Lankan Department of Agriculture, for a $27 million project that aims to double the milk production of Sri Lankan dairy farmers participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food […]

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Uncultivated paddy lands to be acquired for 5 years.

Sunday, June 12th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says that they will start a process to acquire all paddy lands that have not been cultivated and abandoned.  These lands will be acquired for a period of 5 years in order to cultivate suitable food crops.

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Grow More Food

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

Sugath Kulatunga It is gratifying to see that the grow more food campaign is on the move. The media has something more than the Aragalaya to talk about. But it seems to be ad hoc and not well planned as a national campaign. We have over 20 distinct agroclimatic zones with their distinctive advantages. Of […]

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Cabinet approves to import 231,000 MTs of fertilizer for paddy cultivation

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Cabinet had approved to import 150,000 metric tons of Urea, 45,000 metric tons of Muriate of Potash (MOP) and 36,000 metric tons of Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) fertilizers for paddy cultivation for the 2022/23 Maha season. The Ceylon Fertilizer Company Limited and Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Company Limited to import the […]

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High in pesticides, many countries send back Indian tea

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Courtesy The Economic Times Both international and domestic buyers have rejected a series of tea consignments due to the presence of pesticides and chemicals beyond permissible limits, Indian Tea Exporters Association (ITEA) chairman Anshuman Kanoria said on Friday. Filling up the vacuum created by crisis-hit Sri Lanka in the global market, Tea Board is eyeing […]

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Grow More Food

Monday, May 30th, 2022

 Sugath Kulatunga The Prime Minister is predicting a severe famine by August this year and has proposed an urgent food production drive. There have been many such drives previously which fizzled out quickly. This time it could be different. There will be real hunger and it will not be possible to import food stuff from […]

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Ways To Meet The Impending Food Crisis In Sri Lanka – Analysis

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

By P. K. Balachandran Courtesy Eurasia Review Studies reveal that by re-orienting the country’s agricultural policies and adopting modern technologies, the worst can be averted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sounded an extremely grim warning of a food crisis in the island beginning in August and stretching to March 2023. It will be aggravated […]

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“රටම වවමු – එක්ව දිනමු !” ආහාර නිෂ්පාදන වැඩසටහන

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Mr. D R Kanchana The Secretary Agriculture Graduate’s Association of the Sri Lanka Agriculture Service මෙරට තුළ ඇති වී ඇති ආර්ථික අර්බුදය හමුවේ ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් ලෙස අප  ආහාර සුරක්ෂිතතාව” පිළිබඳව වෙනදාට වඩා වැඩි වශයෙන් කතා බහ කරන කාලයක් නිර්මාණය වී ඇත. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ ආහාර හා කෘෂිකර්ම සංවිධානයට (FAO) අනුව, සියළුම මිනිසුන්ට ඔවුන්ගේ ආහාර අවශ්‍යතාවයන් සපුරාලීමට ප්‍රමාණවත් පරිදි සෑම […]

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යල කන්නයේ පොහොර අවශ්‍යතාවය කඩිනමින් ඉන්දියාවෙන් සැපයෙන තීරණයක්

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi යල කන්නයේ පොහොර අවශ්‍යතාවය කඩිනමින් ඉන්දියාවෙන් සැපයෙන තීරණයක්ඉදිරි යල වගා කන්නයේ වී වගාව සඳහා අවශ්‍ය යූරියා සැපයීම පිළිබඳව සාකච්ඡා කර තීරණ ගැනීම සඳහා නවදිල්ලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් මිලින්ද මොරගොඩ මහතා අද (12) ඉන්දියාවේ ජාතික පොහොර දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ලේකම් රාෙජ්ෂ් කුමාර් චතුර්වේදි මහතා හමුවිය. මෙම කන්නයේ වී සඳහා යූරියා […]

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Press release issued by the Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) Sri Lanka regarding the present crisis in the Agriculture Sector

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) in Sri Lanka The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) in Sri Lanka expresses grave concern about the potential impact of the current national crisis on the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka. First, we vehemently condemn the brutal assault launched against the peaceful protesters in front of Galle […]

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Summary of Recommendations to Revive Sri Lankan Agriculture

Friday, May 6th, 2022

The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) proposes thefollowing short-, medium- and long-term measures to address immediate and medium- to longtermthreats faced by Sri Lankan Agriculture.Immediate threat:An imminent threat of widespread crop failure in the next two seasons leading to […]

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Recommendations to Revive Sri Lankan Agriculture

Friday, May 6th, 2022

The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) proposes thefollowing short-, medium- and long-term measures to address immediate and medium- to longtermthreats faced by Sri Lankan Agriculture.Immediate Threat:There is an imminent threat of widespread crop failure in the current (2022) Yala […]

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Sri Lanka tea exports lowest in 23 years

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Courtesy Daily Mirror AFP: Crisis-struck Sri Lanka’s vital tea exports have dropped to their lowest level in 23 years, official figures showed yesterday, hit by a fertiliser ban and the war in Ukraine.Tea is the island nation’s biggest export commodity, bringing in about US $ 1.3 billion annually before the current economic downturn, the worst […]

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Sri Lanka posts the lowest tea exports in 23 years

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Coutesy Taipei Times FERTILIZER BAN: Asia Siyaka Commodities blamed the drop on the agrochemical ban, a government push to transform the country’s farms into 100 percent organic Sri Lanka’s tea exports have dropped to their lowest level in 23 years, official figures showed yesterday, hit by a fertilizer ban and Russia’s war against Ukraine. Tea is […]

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Sri Lanka’s unexplored economic goldmine

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, March 28 (Sunday Observer): The pulse of a nation beats through its traditional knowledge. This holds true for ancient civilisations such as Sri Lanka. For nations such as ours to wipe out that which is indigenous and create a socio-economic path for its people on totally alien lines can only spell disaster. […]

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President accepts not providing chemical fertilizer was a mistake

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror President Gotabaya Rajapaksa admitted today that he made a mistake by banning chemical farming, and therefore he decided to re-introduce it. He also said the government should have reached out to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a programme much earlier. Making his remarks to the newly appointed Cabinet ministers, the […]

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A.P. will take lessons from Sri Lanka on organic farming: Minister

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

It will not be imposed on farmers but the choice will be left to them: Minister K. Govardhan Reddy Environment-friendly organic farming will be promoted in the State to ensure premium price for the farm produce, Agriculture Minister Kakani Govardhan Reddy said, adding: However, the switch to organic farming will not be a sudden one […]

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Escalating Fertilizer Prices and Subsidy Removal

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

by Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha Courtesy The Island The Maha harvesting of rice is now nearing completion and the strong indications are that this season’s crop decline would be 40% to 50% due to lack of fertilizer. Concurrently, the yields of other crops too are dropping and the tea yields of 2022 could be the worst […]

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Lanka tea production drops to a 13 year low due to fertilizer ban

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News Official data showed yesterday that Sri Lanka’s tea crop suffered its lowest yield in 13 years, reducing output in the country’s main export commodity as the island grapples with its worst economic crisis in seven decades. The Sri Lanka Tea Board figures showed that monthly tea crops dropped to 18.16 million kilos […]

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Dollar crisis driven import issues to hamper Yala season

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A seed crisis has emerged because of the impossibility of importing hybrid seeds due to the dollar crisis. (PIC: AFP) There are issues regarding importing fertilizer, pesticides and seeds for the Yala season due to the dollar crisis Farmers have faced difficulties during the Yala season due to the lack of […]

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Organic Agriculture Nightmare Tanks Sri Lanka’s Economy

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

James Conca Courtesy Forbes Again and again, new solutions for the environment and human society fail if not properly planned and executed. Whether it’s widescale use of renewables, closing nuclear plants with no plan to replace the generation, or big infrastructure builds just to make jobs, if the rush to emplace is more important than their […]

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Sri Lanka seen as ‘vital source’ for Qatar’s food security needs, says business leader

Friday, February 25th, 2022

Peter Alagos Courtesy Gulf News Sri Lanka is playing a significant role in the food security needs of Qatar amidst steady growth in its local and expatriate population and the imminent influx of millions of tourists for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to a top business leader.Qatar’s population is growing and as we come close […]

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මන්නාරමේ වී අස්වැන්න 50%කින් බසී…

Friday, February 18th, 2022

වන්නි රොමේෂ් මධුෂංඛ උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් උතුරු පලාතේ සහල නැලිය ලෙසින් හැඳින්වෙන මන්නාරම් දිස්ත්‍රීක්කයේ මෙවර මවකන්නයේ වී අස්වැන්නට නිසි කලට පොහොර නොලැබීම හේතුවෙන්  අස්වැන්න 50 %කින් පමණ අඩුවෙනු ඇතැයි දිස්ත්‍රීක් ගොවීහු පෙන්වා දෙති. මන්නාරම පූවර්සන්කුලම් ප්‍රදේශයේ වී අස්වැන්න නෙලීමේ කටයුතු මේ දින වල සිදුවන අතරම එම ප්‍රදේශයේ පිහිටි සියලු කුඹුරු ගොවිතැන්හි වී වගාවන් සඳහා […]

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Sri Lanka: Government’s Badly Planned Organic Farming Policy Upsets Rice Farmers

Friday, February 11th, 2022

By R.M. Samanmalee Swarnalatha Courtesy Eurasiareview Sri Lankan government’s badly planned organic farming policy that has banned the use of chemical fertilizer in farms has upset farmers in this rice-growing heartland and a political stronghold of the ruling coalition. The policy has also drawn criticism from agricultural experts, who warn that Sri Lanka’s food security […]

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මහ කන්නයේ අස්වැන්න අඩු වී ඇතැ යි ගොවීන්ගෙන් චෝදනා (වීඩියෝ)

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත් කාබනික පොහොර යොදා සිදු කළ මෙවර මහ කන්නයේ අස්වැන්න සැලකිය යුතු ප්‍රමාණයකින් අඩු වී ඇතැ යි බොහෝ ප්‍රදේශවල ගොවීන් පවසනවා. ඇතැම් ප්‍රදේශවල ගොවීන් පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ, රජයෙන් ප්‍රමාණවත් තරම් කාබනික පොහොර ද නො ලැබුණු බවයි. මෙවර මහ කන්නය යටතේ කාබනික පොහොර යොදා ගනිමින් ගාල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ ප්‍රදේශ කිහිපයක ගොවීන් වී වගාව සිදු කර […]

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Sri Lanka to import 100,000 tonnes of rice from Myanmar

Monday, February 7th, 2022

Courtesy Borneo Bulletin COLOMBO (XINHUA) – Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Trade said yesterday it decided to import 100,000 tonnes of white rice from Myanmar to control the rising price of rice in local markets. The ministry said in a statement it planned to import the rice at USD445 per tonne through the Sri Lanka State […]

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Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha

Sunday, February 6th, 2022

Courtesy Island Numerous positive claims are often cited for organic farming such as being environmentally friendly, superior food quality free from pesticides and other toxins, efficient energy use and sustainable food production. Much of these are highly contestable, and the most critical issue, why it is expanding only at a snail pace, is hardly discussed. […]

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