Author Archive for Food

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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Demand for sea cucumbers turns India-Sri Lanka waters into trafficking hotspot

Monday, February 7th, 2022

by Malaka Rodrigo, Pragati Prava Bai  Courtesy Mongabay From 2015 to 2020, authorities in Sri Lanka and India seized nearly 65 metric tons of sea cucumbers worth more than $2.8 million and arrested 502 people in connection with the attempted trafficking. The sea cucumber fishery is banned in India and restricted under a licensing system in Sri […]

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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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Sri Lanka achieves its first ever GI certification with Ceylon Cinnamon

Friday, February 4th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Marking a moment of historical significance, Sri Lanka received its first ever Geographical Indication (GI) certification when the European Union (EU) Commission on 02 February,2022 granted GI status to Ceylon Cinnamon. The outcome was a result of a painstaking, decade-long, arduous endeavour led by the Sri Lanka Export Development (EDB) under the Ministry […]

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Veganuary: Sri Lankan pulled jackfruit burgers

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Courtesy Jewish News This week’s yummy recipe is extracted from Linda McCartney’s Family Kitchen: Over 90 Plant-Based Recipes to Save the Planet and Nourish the Soul Photo: Elena Heatherwick It can take 2,350 litres of fresh water to produce just one 150g beef burger – that’s enough water to fill 30 bathtubs or have a […]

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Sri Lankan families forced to forego meals as economic crisis intensifies

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

By Aanya Wipulasena Courtesy Colombo, Jan 5 (EFE).- The severe economic crisis affecting Sri Lanka, with record inflation and the possibility of the country failing to pay its financial debts, has forced families to give up meals due to shortage of food and steep prices. Our only option was to cut down on food […]

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Price controls done away with, levy of Rs. 65 per kg on imported rice reduced to 25 cents

Friday, November 5th, 2021

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island The government has allowed emergency regulations imposed several weeks ago to ensure an uniterrupted supply of essential commodities such as rice, sugar and other consumer goods, to lapse. As a result the post of Commissioner General of Essential Services held by Maj. Gen. M. D. S. P Niwunhella has […]

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Gazette issued removing price controls on multiple food items

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana A special gazette has been issued removing the price control on a number of food items including sugar, dhal, chicken, canned fish, corn, big onions, wheat flour, potatoes and milk powder. The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) said the gazette is effective from Wednesday (November 03). Thereby, seven gazette notifications previously published by the […]

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Rice Genetic Improvement Odyssey of Past Centuries

Sunday, October 17th, 2021

by M. P. Dhanapala Former Director, Rice Research and Development Institute, Batalagoda Courtesy The Island History is important. It keeps you away from reinventing the wheel and repeating the mistakes already committed in the past. In history, there should not be hidden expressions to read between lines as the ten giants of King Dutugamunu were […]

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30,000 MT of Organic Potassium Chloride fertiliser reach the country

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Courtesy Sri Lanka News Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage says that 30,000 MT of Organic Potassium Chloride fertiliser purchased by the 02 Govt fertiliser institutions arrived at the Colombo port a short while ago.  If only a small amount of potassium is required, naturally-derived potassium chloride can be used as a fertilizer. Potassium chloride is highly soluble, but the chloride content […]

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Climate change and food security in Sri Lanka: towards food sovereignty

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Mahinda Senevi Gunaratne, R. B. Radin Firdaus & Shamila Indika Rathnasooriya Humanities and Social Sciences Communications   Abstract This study explored food security and climate change issues and assessed how food sovereignty contributes to addressing the climate change impacts on entire food systems. The study aimed to contextualise food security, climate change, and food sovereignty within Sri Lanka’s current […]

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Would you like brain damage with that? America’s favorite cooking oil causes neurological changes, says animal study

Monday, October 4th, 2021

Peter Andrews Courtesy RT Peter Andrews is an Irish science journalist and writer, based in London. He has a background in the life sciences, and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Genetics.New research has shown that despite being marketed as a healthy alternative, soybean oil, America’s most popular oil, causes neurological changes […]

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