Sri Lanka tea production falls in May

June 22, 2011 (LBO) – Tea production in Sri Lanka in May 2011 fell 5.3 percent to 32 million kilos from a year ago, according to statistics released by the Tea Board. The shortfall in production came from the high and medium elevations while low grown teas, which make up the bulk of the crop, increased during the month.

In the five months to May 2011 tea production in the island was up 1.1 percent to 139.7 million kilos mainly because of higher production of low grown teas, which are much in demand in the main markets of the Middle East and Russia.

Sri Lankan tea prices at the Colombo auctions have also bottomed out after falling during the period between the ‘quality seasons’.