ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan plantations companies have called for improved phytosanitary surveillance and quarantine processes on tea exports and commended the government for moving fast to get a ban by Russia lifted.
Planters Association of Ceylon, which represents tea plantations companies, said prompt government action was crucial in lifting the ban, imposed by Russia, the island’s biggest tea market, after the discovery of the Khapra beetle in an export container of tea from Sri Lanka.
“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,” a statement said.
“While the limited disruption to exports of Sri Lankan tea to such an important market as the Russian Federation is unfortunate, we hope that this incident will serve as further impetus for the continuing improvement of phytosanitary surveillance and quarantine processes within the domestic supply chain,” it said.
(COLOMBO, January 02, 2018)