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PA 164th AGM ADRESS BY CHAIRMAN

Our Chief Guest this evening Hon. Raveendra Samaraweera, Minister of Labour, Guest of Honour, Mr. Lucille Wijewardena, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Chairmen of Stake Holder Organizations, Chairmen of regional Plantation companies, Managing Directors, Chief Executive Officers, Colleagues and other distinguished invitees, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Initially I wish to thank all of you for being present here with us this evening for the 164th Annual General Meeting of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon.

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Pulling back the curtain on the privatization of Sri Lanka’s plantation sector

Dr. Romesh Bandaranaike shares his unique perspective of Sri Lanka’s plantations

With the fate of Sri Lanka’s plantation industry continuing to remain as a hot-button issue of debate in the media, numerous views have been aired on the rationale behind the privatization of state plantations in 1992. In order to clarify the facts regarding privatization and the conditions which made it necessary in the first place, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon facilitated a discussion with one of the prominent individuals who rendered  yeoman service to the nation by helping to drive reforms to the industry at a time when they were sorely required: Dr. Romesh Dias Bandaranaike.

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PHDT completes of Rs. 1.4 Billion in housing and infrastructure development in 2017

 

The Plantations Human Development Trust (PHDT) announced the completion of Rs. 1.4 billion in estate housing and infrastructure development projects during 2017.   

Comprised of a tripartite coalition of Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs), Plantation Trade Unions (TU) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), the PHDT that implements social development programmes to enhance the quality of life of the estate communities.

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Palm Oil Industry Association launched to advocate sustainable growth

Businesses with a cumulative investment of approximately Rs.26 billion in the oil palm industry in Sri Lanka came together in Colombo on August 30, 2018, to formally inaugurate an industry association under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to promote common interests and advocate sustainable growth through responsible production.

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The evolution of Sri Lanka’s plantation sector into diversified, vertically integrated, globally aligned, agri-businesses

By Sunil Poholiyadde, Chairman, Planters’ Association of Ceylon

From its inception up-to the present day, the history of Sri Lanka’s plantation industry has been  unique; undergoing drastic changes from the colonial era, to the period of private management by Agency Houses, into an extended period of nationalization and finally and most drastically through the sustained transformations that the plantation sector has undergone subsequent to the 1992 privatization.

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PHDT completes of Rs. 1.4 Billion in housing and infrastructure development in 2017  Read More....

The Glyphosate Story - CKDu, food security and national economy  Read More....

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

Planters' Association of Ceylon hails the decision to lift ban on glyphosate  Read More....

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

Respected industry professional Lalith Obeyesekere is Planters' Association's new Secretary General  Read More....

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....