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The Glyphosate Story – CKDu, food security and national economy

 

  • Time-tested weed control techniques/tools such as glyphosate, have been removed without scientific proof, affecting our food security and national economy
  • The ban has opened up avenues for business crooks to import the product illegally
  • Glyphosate ban should be lifted and we should continue research on effective and economically viable alternatives

By Professor Buddhi Marambe

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The role of science in adapting a climate-resilient plantation sector

  • Climate change likely to result in higher levels of rainfall in wet-zones and more severe droughts in dry zones
  • Reducing gap between day and night temperatures likely to limit growth of susceptible cash crops
  • Crop diversification and Agro-ecological intensification the only viable strategy for agri, plantation sectors and Sri Lankan economy as a whole
  • Urgent need for policy-makers to strictly adhere to expert opinions, science-based approach, and abandon political rhetoric

By Professor Buddhi Marambe

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Planters’ Association of Ceylon hails the decision to lift ban on glyphosate

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) issued a statement commending yesterday’s Government decision to lift the arbitrary ban on the importation of glyphosate-based weedicides in view of the overwhelming scientific consensus that the substance is not harmful to human health. 

“At the outset we wish to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the Minister of Plantation Industries, Navin Dissanayake for the pivotal role he played amidst a great deal of opposition, in order to preserve and protect an industry that continues to serve as the lifeblood of our nation.

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Tea industry stakeholders unite to call for lifting of glyphosate ban or viable alternative in face of mounting crop losses

  • Cites substantial recent EPA study, growing body of scientific evidence showing no ill effects to human health
  • Warns of crop losses upto Rs. 20 billion per annum, increased loss to smallholders   
  • Calls on TRI to urgently stipulate alternatives acceptable to buyers and feasible for producers
  • Demands scientific, evidence based justification for continuation of ban

Tea industry stakeholders including Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) Chairman Rohan Pethiyagoda called on policy makers to urgently re-evaluate the arbitrary ban imposed on glyphosate-based weedicides in light of overwhelming scientific consensus that the substance is not harmful to human health, most recently confirmed by Risk Assessment for Glyphosate conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2017.

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Respected industry professional Lalith Obeyesekere is Planters’ Association’s new Secretary General

Mr. Lalith ObeyesekereThe Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) has appointed Lalith Obeyesekere as its Secretary General, effective January 1, 2018. A respected, plantation industry professional and an active member of the PA, Obeyesekere headed the Association as its Chairman from 2010 to 2013 and has played a vital role in promoting the collective interests on all issues concerning the Plantation Industry. Obeyesekere takes over duties from industry veteran, Malin Goonetileke, who retired as Secretary General, a position he held for 16 years, since 2001.  

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Veteran perspectives: Dr. Dan Seevaratnam reflects on a legacy of social empowerment through oil palm  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon commend swift action to help lift Russian restrictions on Sri Lankan tea imports  Read More....

Planters' Association praises RPC oil palm performance, calls for greater support as sector profits hit Rs. 2.4 billion  Read More....

Sustainable oil palm central to the success of Sri Lanka's plantation industry  Read More....

Tea Board Chairman praises RPCs for overcoming severe challenges, calls for state-led improvements to worker living standards  Read More....

Responsible plantation management by RPC's impact positively on people and environment  Read More....

PA releases latest data on contribution of RPCs to Sri Lankan economy in 2016  Read More....

Planters sound alarm as a lack of weedicides strangles sustainability in Sri Lanka's tea estates  Read More....

Planters' Association raises alarm on land redistribution proposals  Read More....

Regional Plantation Companies Ink Productivity-Linked Wage, maintains call for transition to revenue sharing model  Read More....

Regional Plantation Companies call for trade unions to meet obligations following payment of interim allowance  Read More....

RPCs eye signing productivity-based Collective Agreement; Estate workers to receive interim allowance  Read More....

Regional Plantation Companies propose hybrid structure for estate worker remuneration  Read More....

Industry stakeholders join Regional Plantations' call for output-linked remuneration to sustain estate sector  Read More....

Planters say harvesting efficiency of available workforce crucial for industry survival  Read More....

New projects to further improve utilities, social infrastructure of Regional Plantation Company Estates  Read More....

Save the Children Sri Lanka envisions a different cup of tea  Read More....

Plantation Companies set future direction for worker wages with 'revenue sharing' as the only solution  Read More....

Regional Plantation Companies' wage proposal enables workers to earn Rs. 1,000 a day  Read More....

RPCs shed light on least understood crop development on estates  Read More....

Tea, rubber prices fall linked to global trend - Planters' Association  Read More....

Planters' explain how production cost of tea is determined  Read More....

Plantations in crisis; Estates suffer massive losses in 2014  Read More....

Planters' Association Chairman says productivity increase imperative for industry's survival  Read More....

Bogawantalawa Tea Estates focuses on the wellbeing of its employees' children  Read More....

Estate Worker Housing Cooperative Societies empower the plantation community  Read More....

Child Development Centres at RPC estates see vast progress  Read More....

Child Development Officers boost childcare standards in plantations  Read More....

Plantation Companies make significant headway in biodiversity integration  Read More....

Plantations mull transition to 'livelihood guarantee' model  Read More....

Planters' Association says sustainability of tea industry in the hands of workers  Read More....

Elpitiya Plantations salutes retired workers with elders' home  Read More....

More, New and Modern Housing Units for Estate Workers  Read More....

Dr P. B. J. assures state support to private sector's vision for tea, rubber  Read More....

Certification and Sustainability Programmes - Reinventing Sri Lankan Plantations  Read More....

Price declines and industry challenges crimp Sri Lanka Rubber  Read More....

Chairman Planters' Association envisions a different cup of tea  Read More....

Bearwell and Nuwara Eliya Estates earn coveted Rainforest Alliance Certification  Read More....

Mattakelle Estate masters art of tea manufacture - wins "Ralston Tissera" award four times consecutively  Read More....

Oil Palm Diversification - An Impetus for Nation Building  Read More....

Fertiliser shortage crippling plantation industry warns PA  Read More....

New Chairman Of Planters' Association Upbeat About Tea Industry's Potential  Read More....

Planters' Association condemns the murder of Noori Estate Manager, Nihal Perera  Read More....

Adverse weather conditions dampen tea production  Read More....

Planters' Association looks to trade union and worker co-operation to increase productivity and efficiency  Read More....

Planters' Association upbeat on newly formed International Tea Producer's Forum (ITPF)  Read More....

Out grower system flourishing at Endane Estate  Read More....

Labour is Plantation industry's most expensive component in tea production, so increase productivity to counter cost increase - Planters' Association  Read More....

Severe drought slashes tea production, high grown output down 11.6% during January - August  Read More....

Sri Lanka's plantation sector receives international recognition for best practices in Human Resource Development.  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon hail winners at the National Plantation Awards  Read More....

Kahawatte Plantations in Rs 10 Mn project to provide housing  Read More....

"The success of the Plantation Sector is in its people"  Read More....

Productivity improves in plantations due to alcoholism prevention programmes  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon asserts importation of Orthodox Black Tea will spell doom to the industry  Read More....

Tea industry calls for higher productivity and new market development, to ride out market uncertainties  Read More....

Planters Association celebrates 157 years  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon Chairman addresses Media Conference  Read More....

Dept of Census and Statistics reports significant reduction in poverty and improvements in quality of life indicators in the estate sector  Read More....

Plantation forestry programmes conserve the environment and save foreign exchange  Read More....

Interview with Mr Lalith Obeyesekere Chairman Planters' Association of Ceylon  Read More....

Balangoda Estate  Read More....

Planters' Association says no 'understating' of profits or manipulation of accounts by RPCs  Read More....