Connect with us


SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise introduces novel Fazenda Smart Agro solution integrating digital technology to farming



Contributing to sustainable food production, and helping to increase agriculture efficiency and productivity, SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise, is empowering farmers by introducing the Fazenda Smart Agro solution integrating IoT & AI-based technology to Sri Lankan farming.

Developed by SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise The smart farming solution caters to macro- to large-scale farms and is currently launched as a pilot project at the University of Peradeniya, Kandy, and a commercial project in Balangoda Plantation, in collaboration with agrologists and SLT-MOBITEL technical experts. Furthermore, this implementation is enabling the precision agriculture concept for the first time in Sri Lanka.

Fazenda Smart Agro offers a comprehensive service for agribusiness enterprises, comprising of a complete 24×7 monitoring and management solution that you can access from anywhere using a PC or Mobile.

Deploying the Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled smart farming to transform the future of local agriculture, the Fazenda Smart Agro solution is set to improve operational efficiency, maximize yield, and minimize wastage through real-time field data collection, data analysis, and deployment of control mechanisms.

The solution offers 24×7 real-time monitoring of farm conditions, threshold and location weather monitoring, crop analytics, water management, machine automation, and fertigation ensuring farmers reduce waste and enhance productivity, contributing towards healthy plant growth and better yield.

The solution infrastructure includes the Agro Sensing Network with multiple sensor setups to monitor agricultural parameters of soil, air, and rain, while the Smart Agro IoT platform is connected with wired/ wireless gateway to collect sensor data. Going beyond traditional monitoring, Fazenda Alerting Engine identifies anomalies in sensor data and generates real-time smart SMS alerts and the Fazenda Analytic Engine visualizes historical sensor data.

The Fazenda Smart Agro Application platform collects data and analyses them. The Dashboard includes real-time readings of sensors and historical data with insights from AI-based data analytics. The data is downloadable and offers data visualization and the ability to predict yields. Importantly, though the solution is cloud-based, data resides locally within SLT ensuring farmer’s data security.

The in-built yield management module offers daily management of harvested crops. The solution also comprises a Smart Agro Sensor Pack that makes farming processes data-driven and automated.

As part of Fazenda Smart Agro solution, the Portable Soil Tester, enables farmers, to analyse nutrients in the soil in an accurate, affordable, and reliable way. The Fazenda Portable Lite and Fazenda Portable Pro help to make easy informed decisions on how to fertilize the soils.

The Fazenda Smart Agro solution is a novel product to be introduced by SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise, as it extends its portfolio and digital footprint across multiple sectors. Additionally, the Fazenda Smart Agro solution stands out among other competitors and similar offerings for its superior technology such as its AI integration (Raccoon AI).

Looking to disrupt the agriculture sector further, the Fazenda Smart Agro solution future roadmaps include the ability to manage multiple farms and remote monitoring of enhanced fertigation and water management and extent it to the smart polyhouse.

For demonstration and more information on the solution, interested enterprises may contact – 0112381381.


Dulux colours Architect 2023 exhibition with vibrant and engaging presence



Dulux -Sri Lanka’s, a leading manufacturer of paints and coatings – is celebrating the successful close of its participation at Architect 2023, also taking home an award for the ‘Best Trade Stall with Innovative Use of Colour’.

Organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects -and now in its 41st year- this year’s edition of the Architect 2023 annual trade fair took place from February 24-26 at the BMICH, and witnessed greater participation from leading companies and entrepreneurs actively involved in the various construction and architecture sectors; both locally and internationally, a company news release said.

“Dulux established a strong presence at the event with a spectacular exhibit themed Colour Futures ’23, featuring its 2023 Colour of the Year: Wild Wonder. Visitors to the stand were able to explore the four colour palettes, Lush, Buzz, Raw and Flow, inspired by the nature-influenced theme, with Dulux colour experts on hand providing unique trade insight, and also advising visitors on how best the shades can be implemented into their own work and living spaces,” it said.

“The popular mascot, “Dulux Dog” was also present to playfully engage with exhibition attendees and brighten up the vibrant Dulux stall even further. The Dulux exhibit proved widely popular among attendees to Architect 2023, due to its powerful display of colour in both interior & Exterior spaces. “

“Architect 2023 was a great opportunity for Dulux to learn from fellow trade professionals, and also to introduce visitors to the latest trends and insights from the global paints and coatings landscape,” said Upendra Gunawardhana, Head of Marketing at AkzoNobel Paints Sri Lanka. “We’ve maintained a strong long-standing relationship with the SLIA, and have every intention of being back again next year as well.”

Continue Reading


ACCA reaffirms ComBank as Best among Sri Lankan banks for Sustainable Reporting



Commercial Bank’s Chief Operating Officer Mr S. Prabagar (third from left) receives the ACCA award. The Bank’s Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking & Marketing Mr Hasrath Munasinghe (second from right) and Senior Manager – Sustainability, Women’s Banking & CSR Mrs Kamalini Ellawala (extreme right) are also in the picture

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon was declared the best among all Sri Lankan banks in sustainability reporting at the Sri Lanka Sustainability Reporting Awards for 2022 presented by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Sri Lanka.

As the winner in the ‘Banking’ category Commercial Bank was recognised for being one of the most transparent, accountable, and responsible entities in the country. The award was presented for the Bank’s 2021 Annual Report titled ‘Beyond a shape, beyond a colour’ which among other aspects, explores the Bank’s evolving operating context in which social and environmental concerns are brought to the centre of its corporate agenda.

Prepared in line with the International <IR> framework, this Annual Report also presents the Bank’s social and environmental impacts as per the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards: Core option. Additionally, it reports on the Bank’s contribution towards the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals.

The Report also features a dedicated section on ‘Business model for sustainable value creation’ and discloses information on loans screened through the Bank’s Social and Environmental Management System (SEMS), paper reduction and recycling initiatives, increased usage of renewable energy, and switching to energy-efficient appliances under the section on ‘Natural Capital.’ Indicators of value derived in this category include reduced energy consumption in gigajoules, number of facilities subjected to SEMS screening, number of new solar panel installation locations, number of internet banking and mobile banking users, and solar power generated as a percentage of energy consumption.

Commercial Bank’s high standards in comprehensive reporting area result of the Bank’s commitment to being a responsible financial entity and shaping its work ethics around sustainable business practices, the Bank said. Last year too, Commercial Bank topped the ACCA awards in the Banking category, in addition to winning the overall award for the Best Sustainability Report of 2020.

Notably, Commercial Bank’s 2021 Annual Report also won four awards including a Gold for ‘Interior Design,’ and a Bronze for ‘Interactive Annual Report’ at the 2022 edition of the MerComm ARC Awards which is the world’s largest annual report competition.

The Bank’s sustainability initiatives include lending to support sustainable and green operations, migrating customers to paperless banking, improving efficiency in the use of energy, water and other resources in its own operations and supporting community initiatives that help conserve habitats and the environment. Its support to a mangrove restoration project in Koggala and marine turtle conservation initiative in Panama are examples of its commitment to environmental conservation.

The Bank pioneered a mandatory social and environmental screening process for its project lending activities and was the first bank in Sri Lanka to venture into Green Financing. It also revolutionised digital banking by introducing features in its ‘Flash’ mobile application to measure and offset customer impact on the environment.

Continue Reading


Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC prioritizes psychological wellbeing in view of Women’s Day



Seen here are a few women at Ex-Pack cutting the cake

In view of the marking the International Women’s Day, Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC held an insightful event at their state-of-the-art factory premises in Kelaniya, highlighting the importance of psychological wellbeing and how Ex-Pack is taking up measures in ensuring an enabling environment for its 300 strong workforce, based on its wider DEI policies.

Various global studies have shown that women are impacted at much higher rates than men when it comes to mental illnesses. The session celebrated their achievements and life stories, and shared some eye-opening tips, facts, know how’s, to-dos, and various other influential factors including the dire need to change our perspectives on women’s roles, health and wellness. This also touched upon the emotional and social aspects of wellbeing too.

This year’s theme is centered on #EmbraceEquity, and Ex-Pack is no stranger when it comes to pursuing gender equality in an industry that has been traditionally dominated by male. As one of leading corrugated cartons manufacturer in Sri Lanka delivering end-to-end packaging solutions to both local and international clientele, and a subsidiary of Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Ex-Pack actively encourages more female participation.

‘With this year’s theme being #EmbraceEquity, we take great pride in being an ambassador and role model in our industry. We go beyond just equal opportunities to pro-actively collaborate with everyone, to ensure that our talented women have every possible resource at their disposal and are given all the required support to succeed both professionally and personally,’ said M. Zulficar Ghouse, Managing Director- Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC

Ex-Pack has long been engaged with providing equal career opportunities, and both men and women

are respected, rewarded and compensated equally. The company also has an open-door policy for all employees. Women empowerment stems directly from the top leadership, recognizing that women and their strengths are crucial to both the company and the overall economy.

Continue Reading