The Sri Lanka Tea Board said annual production for 2011 was 328.3 million kilos, about one percent less the previous year™s record output of 331.
4 million kilos, mainly because of bad weather.
Tea brokers Asia Siyaka Commodities said that crop loss came mainly during the last quarter of 2011 with a weak performance in October and November causing the final short fall.
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"Erratic weather patterns that year were the prime cause for the loss of crop as the government subsidised fertilizer of an improved mix was applied by all growers," it said in a report.
Asia Siyaka Commodities noted that production of CTC type teas had risen sharply in 2011 while that of orthodox tea, for which the island is known, had fallen.
"A review of the styles of production shows that manufacture of orthodox teas declined two percent (in 2011 compared with 2010)," they said.
"CTC has shown sharp gains of 22 percent from 18.
3 million kilos to 22.5 million kilos in 2011. The greater part of the CTC produc