Tea Board optimistic of increased production this year

The Sri Lanka Tea Board’s focus on improving production has begun to yield results, with a considerable improvement in output.

Tea production output in April was up by 1.5 million kg and the Board is expecting to do better in the coming months, said Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Niraj De Mel.

He attributed the reason for improved production to the right nourishment of tea bushes with proper fertiliser application coupled with conducive weather which enabled good growth. The Government’s attempt to go fully organic in the tea sector had backfired and the island nation has changed its policy with replanting activities, fertiliser, and other promotional efforts to hold on to its position in the global market.

Reports from South Indian tea auction centres also indicated that the rebound in Lankan tea output has led to declining.

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