The Government will extend a series of relief measures to upgrade Tea Smallholders. The Government has decided to increase the payment made for refilling tea lands by 50 percent.
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe made these revelations during a meeting of tea smallholders of the Kegalla District. The meeting was held at the Post Office auditorium in Kegalla. Minister Samarasinghe assured to expedite the construction of the “The Shakthi” factories at Deraniyagala and Bulathkohupitiya. Accordingly, the Minister was optimistic that this could ensure a better price for the smallholders of the Kegalla District. Problems confronted by the tea smallholders were broached at this meeting. Several Parliamentarians were also present at the discussion.