Countrywide Best Tea & Rubber Smallholders received Awards from H.E. the President
Under the national Plantation Award -2013 organized by the Ministry of plantation Industries, the ceremony in recognition of the outstanding performance of Tea Small holders was held on 12th November 2014 at Temple Trees under the gracious patronage of His Excellency the President.
The outstanding performance of tea small holders and tea small holder development societies was recognized under 05 categories and 23 tea small holders and 08 tea small holder development societies were awarded.
The national Plantation Award ceremony in recognition of the outstanding performance of Rubber Small holders was held on 20th November 2014 at Temple Trees and 15 rubber small holders and 05 Thurusaviya Societies were awarded.
Launching “Wevili Waruna”
Official Newspaper of the Ministry of Plantation Industries
The Ministry of Plantation Industries in collaboration with the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. launched “Wevili waruna” the official newspaper of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and released “Wevili waruna” to the website as an e-paper on 12th November 2014 at the auditorium of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Under the patronage of Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries and with the participation of Hon. Earl Gunasekara.
Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries released “Wevili Waruna” to the website as an e-paper on the same day. E-paper could be downloaded from www.dinamina.lk/weviliwaruna or www.thinakaran.lk/weviliwaruna
Annual Session of Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries held in Malaysia
A delegation headed by Dr. (Mrs) Damitha de Zoysa, the Secretary Ministry of Plantation Industries participated at the 7th Annual meetings as the Chairperson of the Association of the Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) from 13th to 19th of October 2014 at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Annual sessions of ANRPC is a major event of the natural rubber producing countries where many matters related to development of the Global rubber industry is discussed annually by the member governments and as at today there are 11 members comprising major natural rubber producing countries are Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Sri Lanka is the 8th largest natural rubber producing country in the world. However, Sri Lanka is a pioneering member of the ANRPC as the first nation to grow rubber commercially in the world.
Among the major events took place during the sessions is the Annual Rubber Conference, attended by more than 250 participants from various countries and deliberated under the theme of “Sustaining Equitable natural rubber Economy”.
The Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities in the Government of Malaysia, and current Chairperson Dr. Damitha de Zoysa were the speakers at the inaugural session of the ANRPC.