Sri Lanka estate living standards seen improving

Feb 02, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tea plantations industry said investments in improving infrastructure and community services had improve the quality of life of workers who produce the island main export crop. The Planters™ Association of Ceylon (PA), which represents 23 listed Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs), said estate communities in RPC estates have seen improvements in all areas of quality of life since privatisation of plantation management in 1992.

Housing, water supply and sanitation, roads and medical facilities have been improved, significantly improving the social indicators of the community with reduced child and maternal mortality rates and better nutrition.

Since 1992, to date, we can confidently say that there has been a marked improvement in all areas of quality of life among estate communities, because of ongoing programmes to improve living standards in RPC estates in all plantation regions,” said PA chairman Lalith Obeyesekere.

“To date, housing, health and sanitation, and estate infrastructure such as supply of electricity, internal roads in RPC estates, have all been improved with investments running into billions of rupees.

The PA said in a statement