Despite Sri Lanka being one of the largest tea producers in the world, it had imported 7.8 million kilos of tea valued at over Rs.18 billion from January to June this year.
According to customs report tabled in parliament by the JVP yesterday, tea has been imported from countries such as Kenya, China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. The bulk of these tea imports had been from India.
Tea had also been imported from the countries such as Singapore, USA, Japan, Canada and Germany.
JVP MP for the Galle district Ajith Kumara tabled this document during the committee stage debate on the Plantation Ministry.
He said that the tea industry is in doldrums today given the present crisis situation. The JVP MP noted that tea small holders are responsible for 75 percent of the country s overall tea production, yet the government had done only a little to help them at this difficult time.
He also added that the fertilizer prices have dropped in the world market, and therefore the government could ensure more benefits to tea growers.