Sri Lanka To Begin Tea Production In Nigeria

The Sri Lanka government  has expressed interest in partnering with
Nigeria in tea production to support the the country’s agricultural
development in line with the Federal Government’s economic
diversification plan.

This was made known by the Sri Lanka High
Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Thambirajah Raveenthiran, said this at the
Global Ceylon Tea Party to mark the 150th anniversary of tea in Sri
Raveenthiran said that Sri Lanka was famous for its “tea
estates” and was an industry that supported almost 10 per cent of its
He added that the country produced teas in different
regions with “distinctly different characteristics enhanced by
specialised processes of manufacturing”.
The envoy expressed his country’s willingness to share its expertise with Nigeria.
“Nigeria has its tradition of tea production dating back in the 1950s.
country imports around five million kilogrammes of tea annually; this
is not a significant volume for a population of 182 million people.
“Sri Lanka invites the beverage industry in Nigeria to partner with Sri Lanka companies and grow the tea segment,” he said.
The Global Ceylon Tea Party is a unique 24-hour celebration of 150 years of Ceylon Tea, hosted by Sri Lankan missions globally.
Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest producer of tea and tea production
is one of the main sources of foreign exchange which contributed more
than 1.5 billion dollars in 2013 to the country’s economy.

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