Sri Lanka tea production down in May

June 20, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tea production fell 8.4 percent to 30.8 million kilograms in May 2012 from a year earlier, the state tea promotion office said as the country was hit by dry weather. High grown tea fell to 7.36 million kilos from 9.0 kilos, mediums fell to 5.58 million kilos from 6.0 million and low growns fell to 17.8 million kilos from 18.6 million in May, from a year earlier.

In the first five months of the year total production fell 3.7 percent to 135 million kilos of tea.

Sri Lanka has produced 125.2 million kilos of orthodox tea (down from 129.2 million kilos), 9.1 million kilos of CTC (crush-tear-curl) tea (down from 10.2 million kilos) and 1.28 million kilos of green tea (down from 1.38 million), up to May 2012.

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