Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has said that new laws will be enacted to make mandatory for the transport of raw tea leaves in plastic containers.
The Minister said that tea cultivation is closely knitted with the lives of the people. It is an ancient industry which helps to alleviate poverty. Sri Lanka is recognized as the only country that produces quality tea of international standard. He observed that the Ministry has launched several programmes to develop the tea sector.
The Minster was speaking at a tea smallholders’ meeting at the Gampola Divisional Secretariat. A programme was launched simultaneously to grant loans for re-cultivation.