The state of Agritourism in Sri Lanka

Tourism has traditionally been the third-largest foreign exchange earner in Sri Lanka because of its natural beauty. Now tourism combined with agriculture has been created a new pathway; Agritourism. In Sri Lanka, cultivation is strictly divided into two main seasons; namely, Yala & Maha. The main cultivation season is the Maha season which commences in early November and ends in March. Yala season commences in April and ends around early October. The timing of the commencement of agricultural activities in these two…

Digital Agriculture that integrates precision farming and smart farming

Digital Agriculture is the use of new and advanced technologies to enable farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture value chain to improve food production by integrating into one system. Actionable intelligence and meaningful value addition are developed from the presence and availability of data at digital farming. Both precision farming and smart farming are integrated into digital farming. Advantages of digital farming Increasing farm production, saving costs in the long term, and eliminating risks, real-time…

Terrace farming: The method that can conserve soil, and water

Terrace farming is cutting flat areas from the hilly or mountainous landscapes for cultivating crops. This method is used in the rice fields of Asia. And also, terracing is applied to the steep slopes of the Andes in South America. Terracing is used to support cultivating crops that require irrigation, such as rice. Rice requires a lot of water and a flat area. When there is a flat area, the paddy field can be flooded easily. Tea farmers also use terrace farming for tea cultivation. Advantages of terrace farming Advantages…

Food security as a measure and solutions of food availability

Food security is having physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets food preferences and dietary needs of all people for an active and healthy life at all times. Availability, access, utilization and stability of food are four pillars of food security. Food security is a measure of the availability of food and individuals' accessibility to food when accessibility is affordable. Food production should be increased with the population growth. Importance of food security Food…

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Important Facts You Should Know about Green Tea; benefits, risks, do’s and don’ts

Green Tea which is made from the Camellia sinensis (tea) plant is touted to be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. The dried leaves and leaf buds of plants are used to produce various types of teas. Green Tea is prepared by steaming and pan-frying these leaves and then drying them. Other teas such as black tea and oolong tea involve processes in which the leaves are fermented (black tea) or partially fermented (oolong tea). As green tea is not fermented in the processing, it is able to maintain important molecules…

Five of the best documentaries that increase awareness on climate change

The documentary genre is one of the most effective tools to increase the awareness of people about the negative effect of human activities on climate change. Lots of films have been produced to show the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as showing the value of nature. Here are five documentaries on climate change. An Inconvenient Truth (2006) The documentary was produced to show the devastating effects of climate change, and it was directed by Davis Guggenheim. This film marked a turning point and won the…

Top 5 leading Agritech startups in Sri Lanka in 2021

Hayleys Agriculture It provides lots of products and services in Sri Lanka since the 1950s. Mr Charles Pickering Hayley is the founder of Hayleys Agriculture. It exports value-added agricultural products to foreign countries. It works together with large agriculture establishments and plantation companies. Their products are useful to the farming communities, stakeholders of the poultry and livestock sector, horticulturalists, etc. Agriculture Advisory Services, Agriculture Extension services, Agricultural Outgrower…

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