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Sri Lanka may increase tea production

09.11.2022 ТАСС 86 просмотров

The Ceylon Planters Association believes that this will be possible after the government lifts the ban on the use of fertilizers and agrochemicals.


Tea production in Sri Lanka is expected to increase to 300 million kg in 2023 due to the use of fertilizers and agrochemicals. This was reported on Tuesday by The Daily Mirror newspaper with reference to the Ceylon Planters Association (APC).

"The total volume of tea production in Sri Lanka may reach 300 million kg in 2023 after the government lifts the ban on the use of fertilizers and agrochemicals. Problems with fertilizers and a number of other factors led to the loss of part of the harvest in 2022, which is estimated to reach a record low of 260 million kg," the publication quotes the statement of the chairman of the APC Senaki Alavattegama.

According to statistics from the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB), the national regulatory body of the country's tea industry, in the first nine months of this year, the total tea production in Sri Lanka fell to a 26-year low of 192.37 million kg, which means a significant decrease of 42.35 million kg compared to the same period in 2021.

Sri Lanka ranks third in the world in tea production after China and India and is one of the largest tea exporters with a share of 23% of world exports. The Sri Lankan tea industry employs 135 thousand workers, about 20 plantation companies, 590 tea factories, as well as 280 tea exporting companies. Revenue from tea exports this year, according to experts, could reach $1.4 billion compared to $1.3 billion in 2021.

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