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Sri Lanka October tea output down for ninth straight month

Nov 17 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s tea output fell for a ninth consecutive month in October, due to severe drought, poor application of fertilisers and a government ban on pesticides, the state-run Tea Board said on Thursday.

Output in October fell by 30.9 percent from a year earlier, Tea Board data showed. The last monthly gain was in January.

Production in the first 10 months dropped 15.2 percent.

Director General of the Sri Lanka Tea Board S.A. Siriwardena said the decline will reduce annual production significantly.

"We will end the year with 275-280 million kilos as we have experienced a big drop in September and October production," Siriwardena said.

Sri Lanka’s 2015 tea output fell 2.7 percent to 329 million kilos from the previous year, and missed forecasts for the second consecutive year because of heavy rains.


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