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Govt. to provide tea saplings free of charge to tea smallholders

The Cabinet has approved a proposal to provide tea samplings free of charge to Tea smallholders in order to increase the annual tea production to KG 350 million.

This was announced during the weekly cabinet press briefing today (4) . The proposal was submitted by Minister of Plantation Industries, and Export Agriculture Ramesh Pathirana.

Pathirana said over 6 million plants have been destroyed due to the dry weather conditions that prevailed over the last few months.

The government will use funds allocated to Tea Small Holdings Development Authority to carry out the programme.