Sri Lanka’s tea production declines for seven months in a row

Nov 18, Colombo: For a seventh consecutive month Sri Lanka’s year-on-year tea output dropped by 15 percent in October, the figures released by the Sri Lanka Tea Board Friday showed.

Tea production in October 2011 recorded 23.69 million kg down by 15% from 27.88 million kg in the same month last year.

The tea production in the first ten months of the year dropped 2.26 percent from 276.15 million kg in 2010 to 269.89 kg this year.

Sri Lanka Tea Board Director General H.D. Hemarathna has told Reuters that the decline is due to the climatic conditions in high growing areas and a high base effect.

Unfavorable weather condition, lasted through the last quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of this year, has hindered the growth of tea production.

However, the Tea Board expects the end of the year cumulative tea production to reach the last-year’s record high of 331.4 million kg.

The Tea Board hopes revenue from the country’s top agricultural export crop to rise to a record of more than $1.5 billion this year, Reuters reported.

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