Sri Lankan Tea Output Down 16.3 Pct in May
Posted 28,June

By Chehan Jayasuriya

In Local News

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Sri Lankan tea production sold under the Ceylon Tea label has declined 16.3% to 26.04 million kilograms in May 2022 YoY. Total output for the first five months has dipped 17% from the previous year.

As per industry data for May published by Forbes and Walkers Tea Brokers, high-grown tea production dropped by 15.97% to 6.3 million kilograms, medium-grown tea dropped 19.83% to 4.7 million kilograms, and low-grown tea dropped 15% to 14.8 million kilograms.

“On a cumulative basis, too, all elevations have shown a decline over the corresponding period of 2021,” revealed industry data.

Low-grown teas, produced mainly by small stakeholders and exported to the Middle East and Central Asia, are the most sought-after and expensive Ceylon Teas.

A sharp dip in tea production was predicted due to the fertilizer ban imposed from April to November 2021. The ban was imposed in a desperate attempt to remedy issues created by forex shortages and over health concerns.

However, due to the steep depreciation of the rupee against the dollar, Ceylon Tea has been earning record high prices for tea exports.