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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2641

"Star" rating system for Tea by Sri Lanka Tea Board

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 06 August, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka Tea Board has introduced star rating system for private tea factories to improve factory conditions and produce quality tea to achieve best prices in the global tea market.

Tea Board Chairman B.A.C.Abeyawardana says this star rating system has already been given to 14 private tea factories in Sri Lanka.

We received good response from existing tea factories to enter in this rating system, said the Chairman.

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo on Friday, Mr.Abeyawardana said that Sri Lanka Tea Board issues this rating certification, based at five categories, such as quality, productivity, good hygiene practice, production excellence, and social responsibility program.

'We will issue this star for each category, he said.

Under this rating system, local private tea factories could obtain five stars, which pass the recently introduced HCCAP certification on tea. The Tea Board officials said the Sri Lanka Tea Board plans to introduce world accepted quality standards.

Star rate winners can use this star logo on their packing materials, when they sell their produce. The Tea Board plans to communicate with the tea buyers to assist tea factory owners to sell their products without any barriers.

We will issue our certification letter to each tea buyer, said Tea Commissioner Nimal Udugampola.

However, he said at present tea factories faced a number of barriers due to the heavy fuel costs and worker salaries. Due to this the factories must obtain high price for their products at the world market.

Responding to queries, he said local tea producers still receive 2US$ per kilogram of tea.

We want to acquire a best price, he explained.

- Asian Tribune -

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