The Meeting held between Tea Exporters Association, Planters Association and Sri Lanka Private Tea Factory Owners Association
The Ex-Co of the Tea Exporters Association (TEA) convened a meeting with the Tea Producers sector stakeholders last week (28-10-2015) to discuss the current tea market situation. The Planters Association (PA), led by Chairman Mr. Roshan Rajadurai and Sri Lanka Private Tea Factory Owners Association (SLTFOA) headed by Chairman Mr. Anil Perera took part at the discussion. Sri Lanka Federation of Tea Small Holdings Development Societies was unable to attend the discussion due to a meeting called by the Hon. Minister of Plantation Industries at the same time.
At the outset, Mr. Rohan Fernando- Chairman/TEA welcomed the members of The Planters’ Association, Sri Lanka Tea Factory Owners Association and members of the Ex-co of TEA. Chairman was of the view that both producers and exporters are in the same situation due to the current tea market crisis and that all should come out together. As an Association, TEA was keen to have a discussion with stakeholders, especially with producers for the greater interest of the country and the industry. He stated that the tea industry has experienced similar difficulties in the past too but current situation is different as it is confined to our main export markets. Regular meetings with stakeholders during both good and bad times are necessary to make the relationship strong by understanding each other’s difficulties and find remedies that would not be viewed as one sided.