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

In recounting the history of the Sri Lankan plantation industry, there are numerous examples of industry veterans whose work made vital and lasting positive contributions to the industry, and the people whose lives are directly and indirectly connected to the planation sector. Prominent among such contemporary planters is the locally and internationally renowned Dr. Dan Seevaratnam.

Having officially retired in 2014 following a storied 40 year career at some of Sri Lanka’s leading Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) Dr. Seevaratnam developed highly specialised expertise in the country’s primary crops, and is still remembered as an individual who prioritized the welfare of his employees as an essential pre-requisite to performance, earning him the moniker ‘the People’s Planter’.

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

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) issued a statement commending the swift and effective action taken by the Ministry of Plantation Industries, the Sri Lanka Tea Board, and all other state and diplomatic officials that played a role in negotiating the lifting of a temporary suspension of Sri Lankan tea imports by the Russian Federation.

“The prompt and strategic intervention of key officials across state institutions including Minister of Plantation Industries, Navin Dissanayake, Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman, Rohan Pethiyagoda together with officials from the Department of Agriculture, and the National Plant Quarantine Service was crucial in bringing about such a swift resolution to such a serious issue that is acceptable to all stakeholders, within the span of just two tea auctions.

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

Oil palm profits expanded exponentially over the past year with the four regional plantation companies (RPCS) engaged in the business recording turnover growth of 44.2% Year-on-Year (YoY) up to Rs. 3.95 billion, while profits within the sector rose by 66.6% YoY to Rs.2.29 billion at the end of the 2016/17 financial year according to the most recent information released by the Planters Association of Ceylon (PA).  

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Sustainable oil palm central to the success of Sri Lanka’s plantation industry

 

By Professor Asoka Nugawela

Department of Plantation Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

Collectively the global palm oil market’s value is projected to continue to expand from US$ 65.7 billion up to US$ 92.8 billion by the year 2021. Given the commodity’s versatile nature, palm oil has rapidly become the world’s most widely used vegetable oil, found in a vast range of products from confectionaries and baked goods to cereals, washing powders, cosmetics and even as a first-generation biofuel.

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

  • Commends RPCs for investments into replanting over and above similar initiatives in smallholder sector
  • Strongly criticizes complete failure in procedure for banning of glyphosate
  • Attacks Government failure to adequately fund Tea Research Institute
  • Calls for urgent improvements to urban townships, a relocation of workers out of plantations

Mr. Rohan PethiyagodaAddressing a gathering of the country’s most respected plantation industry professionals at the 163rd Annual General Meeting of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA), Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman, Rohan Pethiyagoda strongly commended the country’s regional plantation companies (RPCs) for their continuing success in the face of severe adversity and called for proactive steps to be taken by the Government to resolve the long-standing challenges faced by the sector’s labour force.

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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....