Enhancing role of women in agri vital for empowerment: Hayleys Agri MD - March 2020
Despite the immense progress that has been made in terms of women’s rights, the gender with which a person is born is still a key determining factor when it comes to employment. This unfortunate reality is arguably most visible in the agriculture sector where women farmers play a pivotal role but tend to be paid less, and provided less opportunities to grow, despite making up 38% of the sector’s labour force. Sharing her own unique perspectives – both as the Managing Director Hayleys Agriculture, of one of the country’s largest integrated sustainable agri-solutions provider and exporter – and as the first woman to be appointed to the Board of Directors at Hayleys PLC, Jayanthi Dharmasena elaborated on her vision for an inclusive, and equitable approach to agriculture capable of transforming farmers – both male and female – into financially-empowered entrepreneurs. Read more http://www.ft.lk/business/Enhancing-role-of-women-in-agri-vital-for-empowerment-Hayleys-Agri-MD
Hayleys Agriculture appreciates right to education - December 2019
For the fourth consecutive year Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited, the agriculture arm of Hayleys PLC provided all the students of Sarakkugala Primary School with exercise books, uniform material, a school bag and other essential items for the upcoming school term in the new year. A tree-planting ceremony followed after the handing over of gift items to the children. Sarakkugala Primary School is situated in Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat in the Anuradhapura District, of North Central Province, Sri Lanka. There are 109 students from Grade 1- Grade 6. In 2018 for the first time in the school’s history, it was able to produce two students who got through the year 5 scholarship examination, and in this year 2019 one student has got through the exam.
ComBank & Hayleys Agriculture support SMEs with new leasing promo - November 2019
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd., two leaders in their respective fields, have come together once again to offer entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector an opportunity to purchase new equipment or upgrade existing machinery. A joint promotion by the two companies offers discounts of up to Rs 50,000, lower instalment payments and special interest rates for purchases of tractors and agricultural machinery from Hayleys on leases from Commercial Bank. This promotion will be in effect till end March 2020 and will apply to purchases of Kubota 4x4 tractors (L4508 & L3408), Farmtrac tractors (FT6050 Heritage series), Kubota Combine Harvesters (DC-70G), Agrotech Harvesters (Agrotech Eco, Agrotech KOOL & Agrotech Bro), and Kubota Transplanters, the Bank said.
In Search of the Malwatu Oya/ Malwatu Oya Soya - October 2019
A Journey in Search of the Malwatu Oya is a Journey to the Heart of Our Civilization. A documentary, In Search of the Malwatu Oya, was launched on 23 rd of October at the National Film Corporation. It’s Director, Producer and Launch Co-lead is Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda, Associate Director and photographer Hiranya Malwatta, while the Producion Sponsor is TeqLaa Solutions, Launch Sponsor is Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited, with the Logistics Sponsor being Hempel Holdings/Pearl Properties/Tamba Villas.
Kubota Japan conducts training program for technical staff of Hayleys Agriculture - August 2019
Kubota Corporation, Japan recently conducted an extensive technical training program for technicians and supervisors of Agri Equipment Division of Hayleys Agriculture. The training program was specifically on the Kubota tractor Model L3408. Technicians were briefed on the finer points of repair and trouble-shooting of Kubota model L3408. Two specialists from Kubota Japan were the main resource persons who carried out the training and Two 4-day training programs were conducted for two separate batches.
Hayleys Agriculture opens first Innotech Piyasa in Kurunegala - July 2019
Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd., who has been in the industry for over five decades working closely with the local farmer to introduce new sustainable global practices, embarked on yet another venture to provide climate-smart agriculture practices accessible to the farmer. Taking on the adverse effects of climate change on agriculture and the need for awareness on effective solutions and their ready availability, the company launched Innotech Piyasa in Kurunegala on 26 July.
yleys Agriculture 500 acre Gherkins outgrower project Vakarai - September 2018
A group 49 low- income families in Palachchenai area after successful cultivation of cucumber on testing basis, in an initiative projected to Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited, received dividends to a record value of Rs 7 million. The project proved an immense success and warranted a record income of Rs 7 million after Hayleys PLC came forward buy the entire stock of the harvest from farmers. In May of this year, the project signed an agreement with Hayleys PLC for 500 farmers (starting with 70 farmers) to grow green cucumbers under a buy-back system. With the buy-back programme in place, Hayleys purchased the cucumber at Rs. 27 per kilo and given that the cucumbers were being used for pickles, etc.
Hayleys Agriculture shares latest technology with A/Level teachers - September 2018
At the request of the National Institute of Education, Hayleys Agriculture Training School, a training institution registered under the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), imparted the best global practices of agriculture and the latest technologies to 60 A/Level Agriculture Science Teachers. The training programme consisted of the following sessions: agricultural pest and disease management and chemistry; agricultural mechanization; agricultural irrigation systems and protected houses; drone technology; and electro-static spraying (ESS) technology. The prospect of reaching out to schools to encourage the next generation truly stimulates the enthusiasm of the trainers at Hayleys Agriculture.
Hayleys to boost Gramashakthi people’s movement - May 2018
A MoU was signed between the Flower Growers’ Association of the Uva province and Hayleys Company ensuring that the company will constantly purchase flowers from the growers at a steady price and that the company will provide the farmers with modern technology and equipment to increase the quality of flowers. The farmer association of ornamental flowers produce flowers of high quality for local and international markets with the assistance of Hayleys Company in Welimada, Uva Paranagama, and Haputhale Divisional Secretariats in the Badulla District. This agreement was signed in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Provincial Steering Committee Meeting on the ‘Gramashakthi’ program in Badulla on 21 May.
Jayanthi Dharmasena, first female director in 140 years at Hayleys Plc Board - April 2018
Top professional Jayanthi Dharmasena has become the first female director on the Board of diversified blue chip Hayleys PLC in its 140-year history. Jayanthi, who serves as the Managing Director of Hayleys Agriculture and its subsidiaries and as a Group Management Committee member, was appointed to the Board last week as an Executive Director. Hayleys PLC is controlled by business leader Dhammika Perera. Jayanthi has been a part of the Hayleys Group for 26 years and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). Jayanthi Dharmasena is an alumnus of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo and a mother of two grownup sons. Jayanthi is also the granddaughter of the late Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara, the father of free education in Sri Lanka.
Hayleys Agriculture Holdings, Adcon Telemetry Austria team up for natural disaster help - November 2017
Flooding has been a constant climatic conundrum in Sri Lanka and has affected lives of many civilians throughout the past years. This year floods caused serious issues, displacing thousands of people and destroying their homes. Hayleys Agriculture together with Adcon Telemetry Austria is working towards the establishment of a countrywide Real-time Meteorological Information and Early Warning System in Sri Lanka under the theme ‘Remote Monitoring – for: Flood warning, Meteorology, Irrigation’. A recent workshop conducted by several stakeholders discussed the main issues revolving around climatic mishaps.
Hayleys Group’s Alumex, Hayleys Agriculture expand Puritas Sathdiyawara - July 2017
Continuing to expand and create a positive impact on nation’s growing CKD concern, the Hayleys Group’s Puritas SathDiyawara endeavour has now extended its clean drinking water project with two more RO plants. One plant was recently installed in Meegassegama, Thalawa, sponsored by Alumex PLC. The second plant was installed in Pahala Kedithokkuwa, Nochchiyagama, sponsored by Hayleys Agriculture, where in addition to the RO Plant, a mixed cultivation of fruits and moringa was also initiated with the expertise of Hayleys Agriculture, in a land owned by the CBO of Pahala Kedithokkuwa. Both villages were also gifted with a knowledge hub, consisting of computers with internet access and a library.
Mapping out value chain for SL seaweed industry development - May 2017
A workshop was organised on 2 May on ‘Mapping out value chain for development of a seaweed industry in Sri Lanka’ at the Galadari by the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology, in affiliation with Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia with the participation of industry experts.. The aim of this workshop was to find out the feasibility of setting up a sea weed industry in Sri Lanka by bringing in all parties concerned, into one forum to see their joint interest in setting up industry from this long neglected renewable natural resource. The 1700 km long coastal belt of unpolluted sea coupled with rich biodiversity of over 572 species of seaweed offers a great potential for a seaweed industry in Sri Lanka.
Hayleys Agriculture “Jeevadhara” project for Murunga cultivation - January 2017
Committed to improving rural livelihood and nutrition through sustainable agricultural development, Hayleys Agriculture launched the ‘Jeevadhara’ programme to provide one million Moringa (Murunga/Drumstick) plants to families in Jaffna and neighboring areas of the Northern Province via a network of 100,000 out-growers. ‘Jeevadhara’ intends to enhance farmer incomes and livelihoods while creating a sustainable supply of pods and leaves for domestic consumption and value added exports. The project intends to reach 100,000 households in Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya providing around 10 plants per household.
Hayleys Agriculture unveils DJI Agras agriculture drones in Sri Lanka - December 2016
The research and development arm of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited in collaboration with DJI training service provider, Guangdong Guo-An Intelligent Aviation Technology Co. Ltd conducted a workshop on the operation and maintenance of the DJI Agras MG-1 agriculture drone, and carried-out a series of field trials at pre-approved locations within the group’s plantation sector to assess the drone’s ariel spraying capabilities in challenging terrains and elevations. The drone is dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive material. Its four replaceable nozzles are each powered by separate motors and the drone can be folded for easy storage and transportation.