Sri Lanka tea regulator to crack down on criminals

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said he intends to clean up the tea trade and would act firmly against criminals who tarnish the industry’s image, despite pressure from fellow parliamentarians to show leniency.

"I aim to clean up all unsavoury aspects of the tea industry,” he declared at the 122nd annual general meeting of the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association (CTTA).

"As of now, the Tea Board is under immense pressure as we have to implement the Tea Act of 1992," Dissanayake said.

"But the Tea Commissioner has been told to be very strict with those trying to adulterate tea."

Dissanayake said he would enforce the law despite pressure from “wrongdoers who approach parliamentarians, who in turn call me."

But, he said, he cannot bend or break the rules.

"The quality of our tea is constantly coming down and the tea industry wants adulteration of tea to be stopped."(COLOMBO, June 18, 2016)

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