Tea Board expects decline in tea output due to floods

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) today said it is expecting a decline in tea production in the coming months due to the recent floods that affected the tea growing districts of the country.

“At least 26 tea factories were affected by the flood situation. We will expect a downfall in the tea production in the upcoming months. However, this will not considerably affect the world tea industry,” SLTB Director General Anura Siriwardena said.  

The SLTB estimates the disaster to have caused about Rs.600 million financial losses to the industry.  

Meanwhile, the Tea Small Holdings Development Authority (TSHDA), an industry association consisting of small-scale tea cultivators, predicted a considerable fall in tea production in the upcoming months as some of the main tea cultivating districts were severely hit by the recent floods.

The deluge is estimated to have destroyed around 10,000 acres of smallholder tea plantation, particularly in the Ratnapura, Kalutara, Matara and Gale Districts.

TSHDA Chairman Wijeratne Dewagedara said his association is currently carrying out a feasibility study to analyse the total loss.

“So far incidents of 850 total losses and 9,789 partial damages have been recorded. We are hoping to conclude the valuation study within the next two weeks. The Plantation Industries Ministry and TSHDA will provide all the support to uphold the tea cultivators,” he said.
The smallholders account for about 75 percent of Sri Lanka’s tea production. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Sambo Thursday, 08 June 2017 08:07 PM

    Look my friend, we have declined in every way and every thing. Soon we will fall from developing status to poor the way the politicians are robbing this country.

    Upul-Nawala Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:25 AM

    The added economic and social cost of the disasters (floods, land slides, prolonged droughts) that have been prevailing over the past years are much higher than the income we gain from the outdated tea industry. As a nation, it is time to gradually re-forest the entire central hills, that could easily prevent these disasters.


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