Sri Lankan government to import liquid nitrogen for the tea industry
The government of Sri Lanka has announced the appointment of a committee consisting of high-ranked officials by Sri Lanka’s Plantation Ministry to determine the procedure to distribute liquid nitrogen for the tea industry.
The country’s Cabinet of Ministers had made the decision after Sri Lanka’s Plantation Industries Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana had highlighted the implications of not having liquid nitrogen for the tea industry which was on the verge of collapse due to the fertiliser ban.
“The committee will be chaired by the Plantation Secretary and consists of senior officials. It will determine a methodology on how liquid nitrogen could be provided for the tea industry,” Sri Lanka’s Cabinet Co-Spokesman and Mass Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has told the post-Cabinet meeting media briefing.
The Minister has also acknowledged that the tea industry faces multiple issues owing to the unavailability of key nutrients at present.
“The committee will soon announce the methodology to distribute liquid nitrogen for the distressed tea growers,” Alahapperuma has said, adding that the government had not reversed the ban on chemical fertiliser.
Sri Lanka’s tea industry is on the growth path with the country trying to regain its top slot in the global tea market. The government of Sri Lanka has also given priority to the development and upliftment of the country’s tea industry. The many trade agreements as well as concessions enjoyed by the country have also helped boost Sri Lanka’s tea exports. The priority given to the tea industry is evident by the government’s decision to import chemical fertilizer until the required capacity of chemical fertilizers are met despite a policy decision to fully ban chemical fertilizer imports. The ongoing development programme in the tea industry and the growth in tea exports have expanded business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tea industry.
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