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« on: March 15, 2010, 10:05:51 AM »

Tea Board & SLSI develop national standard for Tea 
15 March 2010

The Sri Lanka Tea Board and Sri Lanka Standards Institute have jointly implemented a national standards system for the tea industry to ensure its quality and price. The awareness programme on this product certification scheme was held in Colombo recently.

Sri Lanka, lost its prime position as the world’s largest orthodox tea exporter, by September 2009. Export figures show that Sri Lanka is now in third place, behind Kenya and China.

Speaking at the awareness program on the product certification for the Tea sector, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board Lalith Hettiarachchi pointed out that the industry had implemented innovative strategies to protect competitiveness.

Ceylon Tea, the world's most exclusively unique tea first came into being in Sri Lanka 142 years ago in 1887. The first commercial tea plantation was started by James Taylor, a Scotsman in the mid country of Sri Lanka, in an estate known as 'Loolkandura'. Since then, Sri Lankan tea industry has under gone vast improvements culminating in
becoming the largest exporter of tea in the world.

What is so unique about Ceylon Tea is its diversity in flavour, something that other tea producing countries do not have. In Sri Lanka tea is grown in six agro climatic regions and each region gives its own flavour to the tea grown in it. Thus, Sri Lanka tea has six flavours, namely, Uva, Nuwara eliya, Udapussellawa, Kandy, Dimbulla and Ruhuna.

Source: News.lk http://www.news.lk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14196&Itemid=44
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