Plantation Industries Minister visits ‘Colombo Tea Auction’

Naveen

Minister of Plantation Industries Honorable Navin Dissanayake visited the Colombo Tea Auction on Wednesday, as the world’s largest single origin tea auction saw more activity as the global tea prices have started to recover, after a recent slump experienced.

Minister Dissanayake, who was accompanied by the Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Mr. Rohan Pethiyagoda and the Tea Commissioner Mr. E.A.J.K Edirisinghe witnessed the activities of the auction for a brief period. Mr. Anslem Perera, Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders Association and Mr. Anil Cooke, Chairman of the Colombo Brokers’ Association joined with the Minister at the auction.

Later on Mr. Dissanayake had a brief discussion with the CTTA and CBA representatives, where he discussed the current issues faced by the tea industry and also the emerging trends in the beverage industry.

Former Director General of the Sri Lanka Tea Board, who is now a consultant for the Colombo Tea Traders Association Mr. H.D Hemaratne and Mrs. Gillian Nugara, Assistant Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was also present.

This is the first time, after assuming office as the Minister in-charge of the plantation industries, Mr. Dissanayake visited the Colombo Tea Auction.

The Colombo Tea Auction is the World’s oldest and the largest single origin tea auction and conducted at the CCC premises, subjected to the by-laws of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The auction takes place, every week selling an average of 7 million kilograms of teas.