Asbestos ban may have played a hand in tea export ban: Navin

20 December 2017 07:00 pm - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Russia may not be happy about the ban of the use of asbestos in Sri Lanka and may have played a hand in tea export ban, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayaka said today.

Minister Dissanayaka addressing the weekly Cabinet news briefing said however the government has deferred the ban on the use of asbestos, manufacture and import of raw material until further notice. The ban was to be effective from 1st of January, 2018.

“We are awaiting a response from the Russian Government to discuss the current issues cropped up after Russia suspended export of ‘Ceylon Tea’ to Russia after an insect – Khapra Beetle – detected in a consignment of tea exported from Sri Lanka last week,” he added.

He said that President Maithripala Sirisena wrote to the Russain President soon after he learnt about the suspension of tea exports and a team led by him would pay a visit to Moscow immediately after the Russian government invited Sri Lanka for talks.

The tea export ban to Russia affects the foreign income and tea industry negatively; no doubt about it as tea exports to Russia is around 11% of all tea exports from Sri Lanka. But it will not affect the tea prices as Sri Lanka maintains a good price in the global market for Ceylon Tea right now. Sri Lanka would take more precautionary measures to ensure the quality of Ceylon Tea exported to other countries including Russia and EU. We consider the possibility of fumigation or issuing a quality assurance certificate for each and every tea container to ensure they did not contain any foreign matter, Minister Dissanayaka said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

 

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  Comments - 3

  • Shan Wednesday, 20 December 2017 07:57 PM

    Please stop importing Indian Tea for Srilankan export market.

    Arnold Wednesday, 20 December 2017 08:17 PM

    Please tell the Tea Board to get their priorities correct. They stop shipments with more than 16.5 % fiber and stalk content, and allow any black tea no matter what it has in it. In fact tea with stems and fibers gives a stronger tea with no compromise on flavor. TEA IS THING WHICH IS BOUGHT FOR ITS TASTE AND QUALITY NOT FOR BLACKNESS OF IT.

    Jaffna Logic Wednesday, 20 December 2017 08:22 PM

    Russians wouldn't dare to market or sell the Asbestos to any Western European countries because it is banned in those countries for more than twenty years based on scientific evidence. How could Sri Lanka permit the toxic Asbestos into our country.


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