Aug 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has been able to open up new markets in Russia, Iran and Middle East countries, a government minister said.
Speaking at the debate to pass ordinance under Small Tea Estate Development Act in the parliament, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the government’s foreign policy has helped to open up these markets for the tea.
The Plantation Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday that the current crisis in the Middle East and Libya and economic sanctions on Iran have an adverse impact on the country’s tea industry.
The parliament passed the ordinances under Sri Lanka Export Development Act and Small Tea Estate Development Act Wednesday.
Debating the same issue, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, Dilan Perera said the measure to increase the assistance given to the small tea holders by 50,000 rupees is a great encouragement to them.
Pointing out that small tea holders contribute 68 percent of tea production in the country, the Minister said as a member representing an area where a majority of tea small holders are, he is grateful to the government for increasing this assistance.