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150 YEAR GRAND CEREMONIAL EVENT OF CEYLON TEA 2017

Tuesday, December 19th 2017 @ 9:19 AM

SRI LANKA - - NATIONAL TEA AWARDS CEREMONY 2017 HELD 8 DEC 2017 - - The final event in a long chain of celebrations conducted this year was the first ever NATIONAL TEA AWARDS CEREMONY, held at “Nelum Pokuna” National Performing Arts Theater, under the patronage of the Minister of Plantation Industries Hon. Navin Dissanayake, graced by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as chief guest, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea.

Through this event, the Sri Lanka Tea Board planned to honor the achievement, contribution and sacrifice of all the stakeholders who have worked to uplift the industry. The NATIONAL TEA AWARDS CEREMONY 2017 was designed in such a way that the winners were selected based purely on performance and in consultation with the various stakeholder organizations.

Some 150 awards in the following categories were presented. Photographs of the event may be found by visiting the Sri Lanka Tea Board on Facebook.  

  1. Best Tea Plucker
  2. Green Tea Dealer
  3. Best Tea Land
  4. Best Tea Factory
  5. Best Photography
  6. Best Tea Exporter 
  7. Best Tea Taster
  8. Best Tea Dance
  9. Tea King & Tea Queen

TEA INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

The Tea Industry of Sri Lanka has been celebrating its 150th Anniversary throughout the course of this year. The commercial cultivation of tea commenced in 1867, fortuitously supplanting coffee, which, till then, was the country’s main cash crop, shortly thereafter devastated by a ravaging plant blight. A Scotsman named James Taylor is reputed to have developed the first commercial plantation and commenced the manufacture of Tea on Loolecondera Estate, Hewaheta. He was followed by other pioneers, who not only contributed agriculturally, but also helped create the infrastructure, which continues to facilitate the supply chain of this great Industry.

For over one hundred years, the Tea Industry sustained the economy of this country and continues to contribute significantly to it. Though, currently, eclipsed by one or two other revenue earning sources, which have emerged in more recent years, it is still one of the highest foreign exchange earners for the country, contributing over US Dollars 1.5 billion.

The Tea Industry also supports approximately 20 percent of the country’s population, through direct and indirect employment, out-sourcing and dependent families, which extends to a number of ancillary industries, such as shipping, transportation, printing, packaging, etc. Additionally, tea contributes 15% of the nation’s foreign exchange earnings and generates 65% of export agriculture revenue.

Learn more about Ceylon tea at the Sri Lanka Tea Board website: http://www.pureceylontea.com and through The Tea House Times publication and online news and blogs featured here: http://srilanka.theteahousetimes.com

 

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