Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has said that transport of raw tea leaves in plastic containers is mandatory.
The Minister said the use of plastic containers has been made mandatory. Following the imposition of this regulation, factories should provide plastic containers. He assured that tea smallholders will not be burdened. A certain limitation will be made to inform the distance. It is only within this limit that raw tea leaves can be collected.
The Minister was speaking at the opening of the Regional Project Office for Tea Producers of the Kalutara District. The office has been opened to impart the required knowledge and technical advice to tea smallholders. It will operative under the supervision of the Tea Research Institute.