Sri Lanka tea crop hit by bad weather

Mar 30, 2012 (LBO) – Tea production in Sri Lanka has been reduced by bad weather with crops in other key origins like Kenya and India also down for the same reason, brokers said. “Due to the extremely hot and humid conditions, plantations are experiencing dwindling intakes,” tea brokers John Keells said.

“It is reported that many plantations are currently recording intakes which are about 20 25 percent below the corresponding month of 2011, particularly in the Western High/Medium Grown sector.”

The brokers said the March crop of 33.2 million kilos last year was one of the best on record.

“Going by present intakes there is very little chance of this year’s March crop coming anywhere close to 2011.”

The brokers said the erratic weather conditions are not confined to Sri Lanka alone with Kenya presently going through an extended dry period coupled with frequent frost attacks which has damaged thousands of acres of tea.

“The latest frost damage to tea is reported from the Nandi East region where green leaf processing has almost been brought to a standstill.”

Asia Siyaka Commodities said crops in north-eastern India are also down owing to bad weather