Sri Lankan tea output down in 2009 despite year end rally

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Jan 23, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tea production was fell 9.0 percent to 289.77 million kilograms in 2009, despite a sharp recovery in output in the latter part of the year amid surging prices. In December tea output rose 29.5 percent to 25.1 million kilogram from a year earlier.

Orthodox black tea, which is the mainstay of Sri Lanka’s production was down 9.0 percent to 271.8 million kilos while December production had increased to 23.89 million kilos, up 33.1 percent.

CTC production had fell 5.6 percent to 15.59 million kilos in 2009, while December production had also slipped 16.6 percent to 1.14 million kilos.

Green tea production fell 28.2 percent to 2.3 million kilos in 2009, while December production was up 20.7 percent from a year earlier to158,707 kilos.