Ceylon Tea Exporters Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka appeals to Russia to lift temporary ban on Ceylon tea
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is making an exceptional interest to Russian President Vladimir Putin to expel a prohibition on Ceylon tea. This happens after Russia placed temporary restrictions on the import of Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka by founding an insect known as the Khapra beetle in one of the tea consignments from Sri Lanka. Imports were halted last week after which Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has urged Ceylon tea exporters Sri Lanka not to panic and guaranteeing them that the legislature would find a way to settle the issue.
Mr. Sirisena assures the tea ranchers not to freeze and that the government would take necessary steps as it maintains the discovery was an “isolated incident”. The plantation minister Navin Dissanayake and Industry Minister Rishad Bathiudeen are driving an assignment to Moscow to request the suspension of Sri Lankan tea imports from the Russian government. Mr. Sirisena told a rally on Sunday that a thorough investigation will be carried out against the company which had exported the consignment of tea from Sri Lanka in which the beetle was found, and punitive measures will be taken if the company is found guilty.
Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian agricultural safety watchdog placed the temporary ban on imports of tea from December 18, but it is not evident whether the beetle, a known pest of rice and grain crops, was found alive or dead. As Russia is one of the second biggest importers of Sri Lankan tea, accounts for scarcely an entertainment of its $436m (£326m) market. Mr. Sirisena is optimistic that Russia “as a benevolent country” would respond positively to the request.
Sri Lanka has demanded that a consummate review will be done and that correctional measures will be taken against anybody discovered blameworthy of tampering with its consignment.