|Friday, 30 January 2004|
Smallholder tea factory records best gross sale average in three years
Akuressa group correspondent
Halwitigala Smallholder Tea Factory registered the best gross sale average at Tawalama and Hiniduma continuously over the past three years, in manufacturing quality orthodox teas.
This factory has launched a program to educate tea smallholders who supply green leaf to the factory.
This was noted at a one-day workshop at the Halwitigala tea factory recently.
Duncan Jayasinghe, a research person and Deputy General Manager of Tea Smallholder Factories Limited said every Smallholder should improve his knowledge on modern methods of the plantation industry for a better yield.
A.W. Dhanayake, OIC Kottawa Tea Research Institute sub station demonstrating the latest planting methods and nursery techniques said Smallholders should maintain their tea lands at satisfactory levels.
P. Wickramasekara, Superintendent of Halwitigala and Neluwa-Medagama Tea Factories said that the Halwitigala tea factory has paid the best green leaf rate in the area throughout the last five years, the latest being Rs. 27.35. With the new technology and the machinery the factory is expected to advance further on productivity and quality to benefit the smallholders. It also benefits suppliers by providing fertiliser and food items on credit at cost, he said.
E.A.J.K. Edirisinghe, Assistant Tea Commissioner of Galle said that the price for the green leaf was determined by the quality of the leaf supplied by the Smallholders and not by the tea factory. Hence Smallhodlers should improve the quality of leaf to obtain better prices.
He also inspected the lorry fabricated by the factory to transport leaf without damage to the leaves.
Sudhamma Liyanage, Area Manager of A. Baur and Company outlined valuable fertiliser applications.
The Halwitigala tea factory managed by Tea Smallholder Factories Limited which come under John Keells have shown improvement and always kept factory gross sale average well above the national low grown average.
Assistant Superintendent N.D.S. Anuradha organised the workshop.
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