|Friday, 24 January 2003|
by Ravi Ladduwahetty
Sri Lanka recorded the highest ever annual national tea production of 310 million kilograms in 2002, the Sri Lanka Tea Board said yesterday.
This has been up from the 295 million kilos in 2001 and also up from the previous best of 305 million kilos in 2000.
This has been a record crop and the reasons could be attributable are good weather and additional production in a framework without labour disputes, Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman, Ronnie Weerakoon told the Daily News yesterday.
There has been a 16 percent increase in the production of high grown teas to 86,987,038 kilos up from the 75,117,250 kilos a year ago. The low grown teas have also reported an 8 percent increase to 169,165,907 kilos from the 156,200,967 kilos in 2001.
The production of orthodox teas between the periods have also increased to 297,952,747 from the 292,183,926 in 2001. The production of the CTC (Cut, Tear and Curl) also increased marginally to 17,848,021 from the 17,140,502 the previous year.
Rohan Fernando, Chairman of the Planters Association of Sri Lanka, attributed the increases to good agricultural practices and effective management techniques.
He said that the estates were agriculturally sound and the training of workforce and effective operational techniques such as mechanisation contributed to this.
He said that the good weather conditions in all eight tea growing districts were also contributory for this growth.
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