A Committee will look into the relevant details for the amendment of the Tea Board Act. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that several other Acts related to the tea industry will also be amended.
He opined that a programme beneficial for the tea smallholders will be launched. There are outdated sections in the Tea Board Act, the Tea Smallholdings Development Authority Act and the Tea Shakthi Act that should be amended.
The Minister pointed out that he has already advised the Administrative Boards to discuss through a Committee with those who are in the field, as to how the Act should be amended.
The Minister was speaking at a Tea Smallholders meeting at the Galle Town Hall. The Minister said Tea Smallholders contribute to 60% of the production. An organic fertilizer project utilizing tea dust is being planned. The Minister also presented awards to Tea Smallholders.