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Ministry requests Rs 1 bn to buy tea from auctions

The Plantation Industries Ministry has requested the Treasury to release Rs. one billion towards the purchase of tea from the auctions. Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake told Daily News Business that the tea production cost is high and due to political and several other global issues prices are declining. He said at present the cost of production of a kilogram of tea is Rs 430 and the world market price is Rs 380 for a kilogram.

"The manufacturer cannot absorb this and hence the government has decided to intervene and purchase tea direct from the auctions." The Minister said in India electricity is provided at concessionary rates to industrialists. "We wanted to introduce a similar system so that stakeholders could benefit. However this system is difficult to be implemented in Sri Lanka due to various issues and practical problems." He said that he was unhappy in the manner in which Sri Lankan tea is promoted globally. "We need a better marketing campaign." He said that the CESS fund is heavily underutilized and he will forward a Cabinet Paper to obtain US $ 50 million released from the government for global tea promotions. Dissanayake said that they will look at new markets like Turkey as the current international tea buyers like Russia, and the Gulf states are undergoing economic issues and their buying power has lowered.

Commenting on labour issues he said that he is talking to plantation companies and he also personally likes wage increments based on performance. Asked to comment on the housing issue, he said they are working with the Indian government in this regard and land is being allocated for the project from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's tea exports continued to decline in July 2015 for the twelfth consecutive month, due to lower demand from main tea buyers such as Russia and the Middle East, reflecting declines in both export volume and export prices. Sri Lanka exported 126.5 million US dollar worth tea in July 2015 compared to the 147.2 million US dollar tea exports in the same month last year. Tea exports recorded a drop of 14.0 percent in July this year.

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a delegation of the SLTFOA had a discussion with a delegation of the Tea Exporters association over a dinner meeting on 05th June at the Capri Club

International Trade Fairs - 2015

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Meeting with the Hon. Minister of Plantation Industries, Mr. Lakshman Kiriella M.P.

Meeting with the Hon. Minister of Plantation Industries, Mr. Lakshman Kiriella M.P. on 20th February 2015 at the Ministry Office, Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.

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​​​​SRI LANKA TEA EXPORTS JANUARY – DECEMBER 2014​ Highest ever!!

​​Revenue – up Rs. 13.5B YOY!!

Volume – up 8.2M/kgs YOY!!

January – December 2014 cumulative exports totalled 327.8M/kgs showing again of 8.2M/kgs vis-à-vis 319.6M/kgs of 2013.

It is also noteworthy that this is the highest volume exported during a calendar year surpassing the previous best of 327.3M/kgs in 2006.

Total revenue too for the period January – December 2014 of Rs. 212.9B records a growth of Rs. 13.5B via-a-vis Rs. 199.4B of 2013, thus establishing another milestone.

When analysing the respective categories, tea in packets totalling 164.3M/kgs show a growth of 7.4M/kgs vis-à-vis 156.9M/kgs of 2013

Whilst teas in bags totalling 28.7M/kgs show a growth of 3M/kgs vis-à-vis 25.7M/kgs of 2013.Tea in bulk totalling 127.3M/kgs show a marginal decline Vis-à-vis 129.8M/kgs of 2013.

Turkey has emerged as the No. 1 importer of Sri Lanka tea followed by Russia

It is relevant to note that Russia who has maintained the No.1 position for a considerable period of time has been displaced by Turkey in 2014.

Other noteworthy importers are Iraq and UAE. Libya too has shown a significant increase in imports during 2014 vis-à-vis 2013. See more details on page No.09.

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Lumbini Opens Dalu Tea Centre in Deniyaya

The ‘Lumbini Tea Factory’ in Pallegama, Deniyaya recently opened the ‘Dalu Tea Centre’ near their factory premises at an investment of Rs.13 million. “Our aim is to promote the ‘Lumbini’ tea brand amongst the many tea enthusiasts which also comprises of tourists who frequently visit the factory.
The Tea Centre provides a range of Teas which is made up of the Nature Range, Spice Tea range, Exclusive Range, Pyramid Teabag Range as well as the award winning Jayachackra Tea.

Tea aficionados can enjoy buying as well as tasting the many tea ranges in an ambient surrounding, inclusive of the wi-fi facility, with a milieu of the Sinharaja Rain Forest. The estate extends to 75 acres and is located 200 km away from Colombo.
“After noticing the tourist influx into this region as well as to the factory, we wanted to provide visitors with the awareness of how Sri Lanka Tea is manufactured.
Since the Sinharaja Rain Forest is located in the vicinity, many travellers can be enticed to visit the Tea Centre on their way and give them the chance to educate themselves about how we engage in our processes. Visitors can also get the chance to engage in a session where they can pluck tea for themselves, process it and then take it back with them,” Lumbini Tea Factory, Managing Director and CEO, Chaminda Jayawardana said.

Lumbini Tea Factory has also been privileged recently with the first place as the ‘Best New Product -Tea as an ingredient’ at the World Tea Awards which was held in Los Angeles.
The Dalu Tea Centre was the brainchild of the Chairman and Founder of the Lumbini Tea Factory, Dayapala Jayawardana.
The company, which is a family business, was initiated in 1984 with the sole purpose of manufacturing the finest tea from Sri Lanka.
A point that needs to be highlighted is the company’s dedication in the process of inventing different kinds of tea blends and ranges as well as innovative machinery for the factory.
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The SLTFOA Made a Donation of Rs One Million to Flood Victims

The SLTFOA made a donation of Rs One million to flood victims in the Agalawatte area of the Kaluthara District. Most of the victims were tea smallholders.

Darjeeling Brand Awareness Call

Darjeeling planters want the Tea Board to prepare promotional campaign to create awareness on the geographical indication (GI) of the brew in the European Union. The EU had registered Darjeeling Tea as a protected geographic indication (PGI) product in October 2011. The status implies that the brew produced only in Darjeeling can be sold as Darjeeling Tea in the EU countries.

However, blenders whose products had been in the market five years before October 14, 2009 were allowed to sell the incorrect blend as Darjeeling for the next five years by which time the stocks would have to be exhausted. Plans have also been on the anvil to hold promotional activities prior to the end of a five-year transition period granted to blenders in the EU, after which adherence to the GI norms becomes mandatory Source: Extract / Telegraph Kolkata 02.06.2014.

Foul Weather Rains Misery On Assam Tea

Temperature and erratic pattern of rain particularly in tea-growing areas of Assam have hit the industry hard this year. The fall in yield could see a big hike in tea prices. Tea production in Assam this year may reduce drastically if the prevailing weather condition continues. The weather has already affected the first flush this year which accounts for around 10 percent of total tea yield.

The production of the second flush of tea which is a foreign exchange earner due to its premium quality too is not very encouraging. According to the statistics of the meteorological department Assam has received only 64mm rainfall till April this year compared to 196mm last year indicating a departure of 67 percent from the normal rainfall. Source: Extract / Pioneer Lucknow 30.05.2014.

Assam Tea Growers Seek Irrigation Subsidy

Temperature and erratic pattern of rain particularly in tea-growing areas of Assam have hit the industry hard this year. The fall in yield could see a big hike in tea prices. Tea production in Assam this year may reduce drastically if the prevailing weather condition continues. The weather has already affected the first flush this year which accounts for around 10 percent of total tea yield.

The production of the second flush of tea which is a foreign exchange earner due to its premium quality too is not very encouraging. According to the statistics of the meteorological department Assam has received only 64mm rainfall till April this year compared to 196mm last year indicating a departure of 67 percent from the normal rainfall. Source: Extract / Pioneer Lucknow 30.05.2014.

Kunming at Yunana Province, China, on an official delegation to visit the tea Industry

Kunming from Yunana Province, China on an official delegation to visit the tea Industry to observe best practises methods in Sri Lanka. The delegation is led by the Chairman, SLTFOA- Mr Gaya Samarasekera and a total of 21 delegates.

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