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Tea in Sri Lanka



Became the third largest producer, Sri Lanka currently exports around 95% of its production and accounts for 2% of GDP. The area of ​​Sri Lankan tea employs, directly or indirectly, more than 1 million people.


Tea production in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, was not tipped to become one of the largest producers of tea. Originally established by the British, Sri Lanka produces around 300,000 tonnes of tea per year.

Sri Lanka produces tea since the nineteenth century. The English, during colonization, want to replace coffee culture that was destroyed by a virus and thus importing tea. Became the third largest producer, Sri Lanka currently exports around 95% of its production.

This tea more known as Ceylon tea is recognizable by its coppery color and crisp and spicy fragrance. Six areas of Sri Lanka have most of the tea plantations. Nearly 210 000 hectares are well cultivated.

The six regions are those of Galle, Ratnapura, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Uva Dimbula. Climate in Sri Lanka is contrasted with a double monsoon. Thus, the seasons and crops are different from one region to another.

Each area therefore has a particular tea. Altitude plantations greatly affects the taste of tea. There are three altitudes in Sri Lanka are three different teas. There teas said low lands, also called low-grown, from 0 to 600 meters, the tea tray, the medium-grown from 600 to 1300 meters and teas heights, high-grown planted over 1300 meters.

If the altitude has virtues of tea, delicately picking is extremely important. Tea in Sri Lanka is essentially hand-picked by women, usually Tamil. The goal of these women is to pick 20 kg of tea per day.

Tea production is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), representing 2% of GDP, generating about 700 million dollars annually to the economy of Sri Lanka.

Sector of the Sri Lankan tea employs, directly or indirectly, more than 1 million people. Sri Lanka is the fourth largest producer of tea.

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