Sri Lanka unions ready to consider outgrower model: plantations minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka intends to try out an outgrower model on its tea plantations, with labour unions having agreed to consider the proposal by management companies who want to raise productivity, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said.

He said he had been having meetings with different stakeholders in the plantations sector in recent months in an effort to resolve differences. 

“One of the demands of producers, especially regional plantations companies, of looking at different models of production is now being seriously looked at,” Dissanayake said.

“I spoke to all trade unions and they agreed to discuss the outgrower model,” he told a forum held to hand over awards to winners of the Ceylon Speciality Estate Tea of the Year 2014/15 contest held in Dubai.

“Soon, we will implement the outgrower model.”

The RPCs proposed  a shift to the outgrower or contract farming model – where workers are handed over parts of tea estates and will be paid according to their output of green leaf – to meet demands for higher wages by unions, while improving productivity.
(Colombo/May 08 2016)

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