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Hayleys Agriculture installs another four Modern Pivot Irrigation Systems at NLDB Ridiyagama Farm - February 2021

Hayleys Agriculture in association with AGRICO installed another four modern Pivot Irrigation Systems which would enable the farm ensure irrigation of 60 Acres hassle free whilst enabling mechanization of the fields. The first system was installed in the farm in March 2020. The NLDB Ridiyagama Farm requires 70MT of fodder per day to feed the livestock and most of this is procured from external sources. Hence the management now wishes to cultivate Sorghum and Maize across the year to fulfill a portion of this fodder requirement. However, since the Farm is situated in the Dry Zone, supplementary irrigation is vital to enable year round cultivation.

Hayleys Agriculture Training School conducts a free webinar on “Care Tips for Your Puppies First Six Months” – February 2021

A free webinar on “Care Tips for Your Puppies First Six Months " conducted by Hayleys Agriculture Training School (HATS) team on 19th February 2021. The webinar was chaired by Dr. Dinusha Perera, Veterinary Surgeon attached to Hayleys Animal Health Division and covered new born puppy care, feeding, deworming and vaccination.

Hayleys Agriculture Holdings holds webinar promoting good agricultural practices - September 2020

The commitment of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd. to promote Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) among all stakeholders of agriculture was fittingly conveyed through their training arm Hayleys Agriculture Training School (HATS) as they organised a free webinar on the subject on 30 September. The webinar helped industry experts and resource persons to share their knowledge and experience on how to develop and boost the production of safe and quality food items through proven good agricultural practices.

ComBank and Hayleys Agriculture support farmers with another Agri leasing promo - October 2020

Farmers have been given another opportunity in this season to purchase new agriculture machinery at low rentals with special discounts and flexibility, following the latest in a series of joint leasing promotions by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd. Devised to support the agronomy of the country, the promotion applies to the purchases of a range of Kubota, Agrotech and Farmtrac agricultural machinery available with Hayleys Agriculture. This promotion will run until the end of March 2021 and offers the convenience of flexible leasing packages besides attractive discounts, special rentals and other benefits, the bank said.

Hayleys Agriculture Conducts Training for Potato Farmers in Nuwaraeliya District – September 2020

Hayleys Agriculture recently conducted a one-day training programme for 121 Potato Farmers in Nuwaraeliya District on 25th of September 2020 with the aim of educating the farmers on good practices to increase productivity while making them aware of recommended high-yielding varieties for the area. Protoft, Meemale, Kandalawa, Kachimale are some of the remote areas in Nuwara eliya district where farmers grow up-country vegetables; mainly Potato using traditional farming practices. A few high-yielding Potato varieties namely Granola, Amany, Edison, Papageno, Royal and Laperla were introduced and farmers were educated on selecting the best variety based on the market requirement and field conditions. The participants were educated on making Potato chips and French fries as a mean of value addition at the domestic level believing that these trainings would help future entrepreneurs to embark on self-employment ventures.

Hayleys Agriculture Training School (HATS) conducts practical training at Spado International (Pvt) Limited – August 2020

At the request of at Spado International (Pvt) Limited, Hayleys Agriculture Training School (HATS) has successfully conducted a practical training session in Spado’s farm at Haldanduwana, Dankotuwa for its staff to create awareness on safe and effective use of Agro chemicals and other crop protection products on 21st August 2020. The training programme consisted of the following sessions; Pesticides & Basic Classification, Label Information, Toxicity, First Aid, Safe & Effective use of Crop Protection Products and Nematodes Management.

HNB partners with Hayleys Agriculture for offers on Kubota, Agrotech and Farmtrac machinery - August 2020

Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC partnered with Hayleys Agriculture to offer customers convenient leasing solutions and attractive benefits for Kubota, Agrotech and Farmtrac range of agricultural machinery. The partnership, which offers HNB customers special discounts on tractors, transplanters and harvesters, was inked at a ceremony held at Hayleys Agriculture office on Deans Road. HNB Personal Financial Services Head Kanchana Karunagama and Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited Managing Director Jayanthi Dharmasena graced the ceremony as guests of honour. The partnership will offer HNB customers a host of benefits, including attractive leasing packages, low-interest rates and customised leasing facilities, tailor-made to suit each customer’s budget and income. Hayleys Agriculture will offer special discounts on a range of agricultural machinery combined with unmatched warranty periods. Leasing customers will be offered the Prestige Prime credit card providing access

Hayleys Agriculture shares knowledge on Safe and Efficient Use of Crop Protection Products - July 2020

The training programme on "Safe and Efficient Use of Crop Protection Products" conducted by Hayleys Agriculture Training School (HATS) team on the 31st of July 2020 at Nahakadiya, Welimada for vegetable and potato farmers consisted of practical demonstrations of how to wear and remove personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately, and the safety precautions that should be taken when using crop solutions in spray tanks for their crops. The efficient use of crop protection products was very much part of the agenda of the full day’s programme.

Hayleys Agriculture Holdings and Commercial Leasing and Finance PLC. sign MOU to promote Hayleys Agriculture agri machinery range - July 2020

Hayleys Agriculture and CLC today (16th July) signed an MOU where CLC will offer leasing packages to farmers under a special scheme to lease HAHL agri machinery at concessionary rate of down payment and interest. CLC will offer this special scheme to promote Kubota, Farmtrac and Agrotec machinery through their 65 branch network established throughout the island. This special scheme will be valid till June next year.

Hayleys Agriculture Jaffna Centre Celebrates Thaipongal with Farmers - January 2020

Hayleys Agriculture Jaffna Centre Celebrates Thaipongal with Farmers

Hayleys Agriculture installs Modern Pivot Irrigation System at NLDB Ridiyagama Farm - March 2020

The NLDB Ridiyagama Farm requires 70MT of fodder per day to feed the livestock and most of this is procured from external sources. Hence the management now wishes to cultivate Sorghum and Maize across the year to fulfill a portion of this fodder requirement. However since the Farm is situated in the Dry Zone, supplementary irrigation is vital to enable year round cultivation. Therefore further to a study of the irrigation requirements Hayleys Agriculture in association with AGRICO installed a modern Pivot Irrigation System which would enable the farm ensure irrigation of 60 Acres hassle free whilst enabling mechanization of the fields.

Enhancing role of women in agri vital for empowerment: Hayleys Agriculture 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

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.

Hayleys 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.