Sri Lanka tea output recovery slows in March

May 04, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s total tea production, including green tea, rose 7.8 percent to 20 million kilos in March 2010 from a year ago when output was hit by drought and the effects of the global commodities crash. Tea Board data showed that most of the increase in output in March 2010 came from small farmers in the southern lowlands who cultivate low grown teas.

Tea production in the first three months to March 2010 was up 47 percent to 73.3 million kilos from the year before as the industry recovered from the disruption in 2009.

But according to Tea Board revised production figures the 2010 March output was still lower than that of the same month in 2008 when a total of 32.1 million kilos was produced.

Tea brokers have said that the crop in March this year was expected to be lower than normal because of drought.

A total of 23.5 million kilos of tea, including green tea, was produced in February 2010, up sharply from the 12.9 million kilos made in the same month last year.

The island’s tea production has begun coming back to normal.

Tea output plunged in 2009 when production was affected by the effects of drought and the global commodities crash in late 2008 when growers cut back o