Re-export of tea, pepper will be stopped: President

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Re-export of tea and pepper would be stopped completely and the 50-percent concession given to farmers on seed potatoes would be increased to 100 percent, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.

Addressing a public rally held in Badulla today, the President said re-export of tea had damaged the reputation of Sri Lankan tea.

He said pepper re-exportation had resulted in low prices of peppers in the local market. “Re-exporting of pepper will be stopped to protect our farmers," he said.

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  • Lanka Sunday, 28 January 2018 08:03 PM

    You all let this happen and the damage is enormous!!! Because of the greed of the government, Sri Lanka will suffer....Pathetic!

    concern Sunday, 28 January 2018 08:04 PM

    The damage has done and the impact will be born by the tea plantation sector. Also ,the low level practice could not be stopped overnight.

    Shan Sunday, 28 January 2018 08:12 PM

    Why did President wait for a long time to criticize his own government? After LG elections will he pause again till 2020 General Election?

    Pradee Sunday, 28 January 2018 09:02 PM

    this re- exporting of tea process started by the previous government. I still remember Mr. merryl j Fernando the owner of Dilmah was clearly against this move and he said that Ceylon tea will loose the reputation. At least the president has woken up now after 03 years into his tenure and I hope he will translate his words into action

    ravin Sunday, 28 January 2018 09:09 PM

    This country need politicians who is concerned about the country rather than their own wallets. Why make a big noise now. Everyone is concern only after patient is critical?

    Harry Monday, 29 January 2018 08:05 AM

    Ravin - The bold lady who did so much to the country including expansion of IMB [international Maritime boundaries] from 200 to 400 was stripped her civil rights. If not for her we would have starved by now!

    Harry Monday, 29 January 2018 08:05 AM

    Ravin - The bold lady who did so much to the country including expansion of IMB [international Maritime boundaries] from 200 to 400 was stripped her civil rights. If not for her we would have starved by now!

    Harry Monday, 29 January 2018 08:05 AM

    Ravin - The bold lady who did so much to the country including expansion of IMB [international Maritime boundaries] from 200 to 400 was stripped her civil rights. If not for her we would have starved by now!

    Peter Sunday, 28 January 2018 09:14 PM

    MS you are a coconut to stop the export of tea and pepper You have no clue about these products. All you need is good inspectors to check on the products. Are the products given to the growers of good quality to produce good tea an pepper.You can learn a lot from the Chinese who are well versed in these Agicultural products in case you do no have Sri lankan experts to oversee the Agro based products.No wonder you are a clown in these matters and leave it to the experts.

    ananda Sunday, 28 January 2018 09:22 PM

    This man thinks the masses are bloody stupid . These are all election gimmicks. via DM Android App

    Lal Sunday, 28 January 2018 10:31 PM

    Degngnam kasi for votes.....

    Ceylon Sunday, 28 January 2018 10:44 PM

    Not tea or pepper,better to export you to african jungles.people are fed up with your stupidness.

    Kaboos Monday, 29 January 2018 08:28 AM

    We import tea from two powerful nations China and India. Will it be another Asbestos drama?

    Aka Monday, 29 January 2018 08:30 AM

    MS remember things when nearing a election.

    ase Monday, 29 January 2018 09:56 AM

    sad side is that he forgets that he was one time agri. minister

    dulan Monday, 29 January 2018 08:49 AM

    Are such promises against election law?

    Kamal Monday, 29 January 2018 07:08 PM

    We should get back our tea's reputation. We also need to overtake Kenya in tea export. Tea is our pride.

    AiyoAney Monday, 29 January 2018 07:20 PM

    Dear President,You have to get the advice of experienced people in the field about this. The moment you ban it they will start packing in another country. Only thing that will happen is we will lose all the foreign currency that comes to our country. Please try to make wise decisions and not decisions that will destroy the income of the country


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