Sunday, March 27, 2016
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By Sandun Jayawardana
‘The drought is killing the tea industry’
The prevailing drought has had a severe adverse impact on producers of both low-grown and high-grown tea, with many struggling to cope due to a sharp drop in production.
“There has been no rain in this area for 48 days. As a result, our produce for March is down by 75 per cent compared to last year,” said Nilantha Weerasinghe, Factory Manager of Broadlands Tea Factory at Kalugala in the Nuwara Eliya district.
The area had received rain on just five days in the previous two months – two days in January and three in February. “The situation for tea producers here is precarious,” Mr. Weerasinghe observed grimly.