Author Archive for Food

Egg imports: Pakistan rebuts Sri Lankan official’s statement on bird flu

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo has rebutted a statement made by the Director-General of the Animal Production & Health Department that no eggs can be imported from India or Pakistan due to the outbreak of bird flu. In a letter addressed to the Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Ministry, the high commission […]

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මහ පරිමාණ බිත්තර නිෂ්පාදකයෝ අධික ලාභයක් ලබන හැටි මෙන්න..

Friday, January 20th, 2023

උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් බිත්තරයක් රුපියල් 40ට අඩුවෙන් පාරිභෝගිකයාට ලබාදීමේ හැකියාව තිබියදී මහා පරිමාණ බිත්තර නිෂ්පාදකයන් අධික ලාභයක් ලබාගැනීමේ අරමුණෙන් මේ වනවිට කූඨ ව්‍යාපාරික කටයුත්තක නියැලී සිටින බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක මහතා පවසයි. ඒ මහතා මේ බව පවසා සිටියේ මේ වනවිට ඇතිව තිබෙන බිත්තර ප්‍රශ්නය පිළිබඳව විමසීම සඳහා පාරිභෝගික සේවා අධිකාරියේ නිලධාරීන් […]

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Cabinet nod to provide rice to 2 million low-income families

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal presented by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to provide 10kg of rice per month to 02 million low-income families including Samurdhi beneficiaries for a period of two months. Accordingly, the government will purchase 61,600 metric tons of paddy to meet the requirement of 40,000 Metric Tons. This […]

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Is importing eggs such a bad idea?

Monday, January 9th, 2023

BY Sumudu Chamara Courtesy The Morning Balancing consumer demand for cheap protein against the low level risk of possibly introducing Avian influenza/bird flu and evading local egg production industry issues Sri Lanka is struggling to deal with what could be described as one of the most controversial food-related issues stemming from the economic crisis. The […]

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Cabinet agrees to the proposal to import eggs

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Trade Minister Nalin Fernando has submitted the proposal to the Cabinet of Ministers to import eggs.  Accordingly, the Cabinet has directed him to take necessary steps to do so.

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Sri Lanka bans transportation of beef, mutton as bad weather kills cattle

Saturday, December 10th, 2022

Courtesy Hindustan Times President Ranil Wickremesinghe issued the orders to ensure public health safety, officials said. Sri Lanka on Saturday suspended the transportation of beef and mutton at district and provincial levels after a large number of cattle and goats died in the last two days due to unusually cold weather in areas of north […]

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Sri Lanka receives another rice donation from China

Saturday, November 19th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana A new consignment of 1,000 metric tonnes (100,000 packs) of rice donated by China reached Colombo Port this morning (Nov. 19). This rice consignment will be distributed to island-wide schools, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said in a tweet. According to the embassy, China has so far donated 7,000 metric tonnes of rice […]

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Committee to be appointed to formulate national policies related to food security

Saturday, November 12th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The National Council sub-committee on national policy which met on Nov. 10 has decided to appoint a sub-committee made up of representatives of all the relevant institutions to formulate policies related to ensuring food security in this country. This was decided at the meeting of National Council sub-committee on identifying short and medium-term […]

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Maiden export of 12,500kg sour bananas(Plantains) to Dubai on Nov. 26

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror For the first time from Sri Lanka, arrangements have been made to export the first consignment of sour banana to the Dubai Market on November 26, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. He said 12,500kg of sour bananas in a 40′ container will be exported to Dubai market later this month. Sri […]

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Govt to recover loss of Rs. 16 Bn incurred from tax cut on imported sugar

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The revenue of Rs. 16 billion that the government lost after the special commodity levy imposed on sugar was slashed by the previous administration in 2020, Acting Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says.  He made this remark in parliament today (Nov. 09), presenting a document compiled by the Commissioner-General of the Inland Revenue Department […]

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UN warns of worsening food crisis in Sri Lanka amid economic woes

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

Courtesy Aljazeera UN agencies in Sri Lanka say they raised $79m in aid, they need an additional $70m to cater to growing number of poor people. The number of people in Sri Lanka needing urgent humanitarian help has doubled to 3.4 million, the United Nations has said as it warned of a worsening food crisis […]

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Ambassador of Sri Lanka symbolically receives donations from Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Bangkok At the Second handing over Ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai symbolically handed over cash donation of 14,000,000 Thai Baht (SLRS 135,398,986 ) from Royal Thai Government to Sri Lanka Ambassador and Permanent […]

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Sri Lanka receives another 500 MT of rice from China

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has received another 500 metric tonnes (50,000 packs) of rice donated by China. The rice consignment was handed over to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education on Friday (Nov. 04). The Chinese Embassy in Colombo stated that this batch would be distributed to needy students in the Eastern Province. Including the delivery […]

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Sri Lanka to set up food banks at religious sites

Monday, October 24th, 2022

by Arundathie Abeysinghe Courtesy PIME Asia The initiative will collect excess food and avoid waste. Many children have stopped going to school because lunch is no longer guaranteed. The funds allocated by the government are not enough. Colombo (AsiaNews) – Food banks and food exchange centres have been set up at religious facilities to provide […]

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COPA inquires about failure to maintain rice reserves in the country

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has looked into maintaining a special rice reserve of 8,000 metric tons in accordance with the Colombo declaration of the SAARC Organization and the 16th Summit meeting. The committee also probed the rice reserves of 100,000 metric tons not being maintained in the warehouses owned by the […]

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Govt. to provide nutritious meal for 1,080,000 schoolchildren prior to schools re-open: President

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Measures have been taken to provide a balanced meal at the expense of the government and as an initial step, a nutritious meal for 1,080,000 schoolchildren prior to the reopening of schools, is already in progress, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said. While issuing a message relating to the World Children and Elder’s […]

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Red Cross Society of China to donate more food packs to Sri Lanka

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Red Cross Society of China has decided to provide more food packs to the neediest families living in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The donation worth USD 150,000 is made through the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, the Embassy of China in Colombo said in a statement. In May & July, […]

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Myanmar donates 1,000 tons of rice to Sri Lanka

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Myanmar has handed over 1,000 tons of rice to Sri Lanka at a port in the commercial city of Yangon, the state-run Myanmar News Agency reported on Saturday. Speaking at the handover ceremony on Friday, Union Minister for Commerce U Aung Naing Oo said that the donation is a token of sympathy for […]

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A loaf of bread to be sold at Rs 300

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News A loaf of bread (450g) will be sold at Rs. 300 citing the increase in Wheat Flour prices according to the All Ceylon Bakery Owners Association

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Rising prices reduce access to food for millions in Sri Lanka: WFP

Friday, August 5th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis since independence is spinning off a serious food crisis,” said World Food Programme Representative and Country Director Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, while describing a toxic mix of spiking prices, shrinking crop yields, the fallout of the war in Ukraine and a lack of state funds to pay […]

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A soup kitchen opens in Colombo to cope with hunger caused by the economic crisis

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

by Melani Manel Perera Courtesy Asia News Due to the situation, many Sri Lankans can no longer afford even one meal a day. Between 600 and 700 people show up at the community kitchen run by Rev Geeth Chamara De Silva. Talks for a credit line continue between Sri Lanka and the International Monetary Fund. […]

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COPA proposes to set up a new Cabinet Sub Committee for Food Security

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News COPA proposes to set up a new Cabinet Sub Committee for Food Security to address the country’s food crisis The requirement for rice to be imported in the future is 800,000 metric tons Discussions to obtain support from SAARC Food Bank and the World Food Program The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) recommended […]

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Sri Lanka to receive 6 batches of rice from China

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Six batches of rice are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka under China’s 500 million RMB grant to the island nation, the Embassy of China in Colombo said today. The first and the second batches are meanwhile scheduled to reach the Colombo Port on the 25th and 30th of June. Taking to its official […]

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Colombo City will run out of food by September: Rosy

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Warning that Colombo City will run out of food by September this year, the Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake today said the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) will start cultivating essential food crops in 600 acres of land within the city shortly. Ms. Senanayake told a media briefing that CMC is planning […]

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Foreign Minister discusses Sri Lanka’s food security challenges with FAO, WFP reps

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris met with Vimlendra Sharan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative and Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, the Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) to Sri Lanka on Wednesday (May 25), at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The focus of the discussion fell on further […]

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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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In pics: Pettah Market amid economic crisis in Colombo

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, May 21 (Xinhua):  Pettah Market is one of Sri Lanka’s most important and busiest commodity hubs in Colombo,  where one can find a wide variety of goods. Due to the economic crisis, business in Pettah Market is not as prosperous as before, but the wholesale food market, which is closely related to […]

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Sri Lanka receives assurance of fertilizer supplies from India

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Kallol Bhattacherjee Suhasini Haidar Courtesy The Hindu Sri Lanka, which is facing the biggest economic crisis in its post-independence history, is aiming to boost its agriculture sector Sri Lanka has received assurance from Indian officials regarding supply of fertilizers that the island nation requires urgently. High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda met concerned officials on Friday where […]

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Sri Lanka asks for food aid

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Courtesy The Island China has offered 2,000 metric tonnes of rice free of charge, following cash-strapped Sri Lanka’s request for urgent food aid. The Chinese Embassy spokesperson said that Ambassador Qi Zhenhong recently informed Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa of their decision to provide 2,000 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka, experiencing difficulties, and assured the Premier […]

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Dairy industry and price of milk

Monday, March 28th, 2022

Sugath Kulatunga Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered price controls on farmgate prices of milk, following a visit to Milco, a state-run dairy firm.” The present Farm gate price is Rs 80-110. Dairy farmers demand that it should be Rs 130. Dairy industry is one which has immense potential but also one of the […]

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