Digital Desk, Colombo. The Sri Lankan government has said that it will provide free tea plants to any grower who wishes to join the tea garden from next year. Its aim is to promote the development of the region. Plantation Minister Ramesh Pathirana said in a media briefing that tea bushes take about four years to produce a yield, reports Xinhua news agency. Hence growers are often discouraged from joining the tea industry.
The minister said, the growers have come forward for the cultivation of tea by adopting the new method. By adopting this plantation method, it will be possible to revolutionize the tea industry within the next three years. He said that tea should be cultivated on fresh fertile land, tea saplings would be provided free of cost and financial assistance would also be provided to prepare the land from next year to promote tea sowing. We should now turn to newer methods, said Pathirana. Instead of breaking tea manually, we should focus on tea breaking machines. Many countries of the world adopt such new technologies in tea gardens.
He said, moving towards new plantation methods, we hope to utilize the barren land which is currently not used for tea plantation. Steps will be taken to implement this project from the beginning of next year. Tea made up 12 percent of Sri Lanka’s export revenue in 2020. Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for the island nation. It directly or indirectly employs more than 1 million people.