President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasised that the revival of the tea industry, which has suffered a serious setback, should take place in several aspects.
The President made this observation at a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (07) on the future plans of the State Ministry of Company Estate Reforms, Tea Estate Crop Cultivation, Tea Factory Modernisation and Tea Export Promotion.
The President further stated that the aim should be to identify the factors that led to the collapse of the industry and regain the high demand for Sri Lankan tea in the world market.
Experts in the field participating in the meeting stated that long-, medium- and short-term plans should be implemented to monitor the loss-making estates and increase tea exports and income.
Out of 20 major plantation companies, 10 have become inactive.
It has been revealed that the production capacity of plantation companies has fallen sharply while small tea estates have achieved high production.
During the discussion, the President instructed the relevant departments to identify the causes of losses and inactivity and provide permanent solutions within a short period of time.
The need to rehabilitate tea estates and regularise cultivation for higher yields was also discussed.
The Government took the decision to impose curfew in the face of the pandemic, which has saved the lives of nearly 21 million tea smallholders.
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