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Planters call for improvement of phytosanitary surveillance

Dec 29, 2017 7:24:15 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) commended the swift and effective action taken by the Ministry of Plantation Industries, the Sri Lanka Tea Board, and all other state and diplomatic officials that played a role in negotiating the lifting of a temporary suspension of Sri Lankan tea imports by the Russian Federation.

While the limited disruption to exports of Sri Lankan tea to such an important market as the Russian Federation is unfortunate, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon said it hopes that this incident will serve as further impetus for the continuing improvement of phytosanitary surveillance and quarantine processes within the domestic supply chain.

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon said that the prompt and strategic intervention of key officials across state institutions including Minister of Plantation Industries, Navin Dissanayake, Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman, Rohan Pethiyagoda together with officials from the Department of Agriculture, and the National Plant Quarantine Service was crucial in bringing about such a swift resolution to such a serious issue that is acceptable to all stakeholders, within the span of just two tea auctions. (Colombo Gazette)