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Renowned black tea has become pillar of Sri Lanka’s economy

09-20-2013 13:51 BJT

For tea fans, black tea is often associated with the UK. But in fact, a lot of Britain’s black tea originates in the island country of Sri Lanka. And as one of its economic mainstays, the renowned black tea has come to be called Sri Lanka’s "green gold".

Despite its small size, Sri Lanka is filled with a range of landforms, from high mountains to low prairies. This variety enables the country to produce tea with a distinct color and smell. In 2012, Sri Lanka ranked fourth in black tea production, and is the second largest exporter in the world.

For tea fans, black tea is often associated with the UK. But in fact, a
lot of Britain’s black tea originates in the island country of Sri Lanka.
And as one of its economic mainstays, the renowned black tea has come to
be called Sri Lanka’s "green gold".

Nuwara Eliya is a famous tea producing area in Sri Lanka’s Central Province with a population of 700,000. It boasts about 450 tea gardens of different scales that employ anywhere from a couple dozen tea planters to thousands of them.

Everyday, fresh tea leaves are packed and sent into factories, where they are inspected and weighed, then withered, rolled, fermented, and dried.

Some of the tea makes its way to China. Ms. Dharshika sells her leaves to the Chinese port city of Xiamen. She says doing business with China is a good opportunity.

"Because Sri Lanka and China enjoys good relations and China has a huge tea market."

To encourage more tea planting, Sri Lanka’s government has invested not only in researching better growing techniques, but also in improving the planters’ quality of life.

Although private companies perform all the planting, processing, and selling, they’re not allowed to set the price of tea themselves. All products are sold through an annual auction, in which the government sets a unified price. The policy is meant to ensure that tea competition is fair and well organized.

For tea fans, black tea is often associated with the UK. But in fact, a lot
of Britain’s black tea originates in the island country of Sri Lanka. And as
one of its economic mainstays, the renowned black tea has come to be called
Sri Lanka’s "green gold".

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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