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THE CELEBRATION OF 150 YEARS OF ‘CEYLON TEA’ IN 2017

 

 

THE CELEBRATION OF 150 YEARS OF ‘CEYLON TEA’ IN 2017

The Sri Lanka Tea Board, in collaboration with the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association, is organizing a number of celebratory events to coincide with this Sesquicentennial Anniversary, throughout the year 2017.

 THE UNVEILING OF THE JAMES TAYLOR MONUMENT ON JANUARY 19, 2017

The commemorative programme commenced with the unveiling,  of a sculptured monument of James Taylor at the Head Office of the Sri Lanka Tea Board on 19th January 2017, by the Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, in the presence of Mr Mihindu Kulasooriya, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Plantation Industries, Mr Rohan Pethiyagoda - Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Mr Anselm Perera - Chairman, Colombo Tea Traders' Association.   

This monument of James Taylor - acknowledged as the "Father of Ceylon Tea" will be an enduring memorial to him and is a  fitting tribute for his inestimable contribution to the Tea Industry and the country.

Multi religious ceremony was held to invoke blessings by religious clergies. Representatives from UK High Commission, officials of the Ministry of plantation Industries, Industry stake holders and several dignitaries, including the Tea Board officials graced the occasion.    

Hon. Minister also launched the Microsite (website) related to the Celebrations of 150 years of Ceylon Tea.

James Taylor

The commercial cultivation of tea in Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then known, is acknowledged to have commenced in 1867 at Loolecondera Estate, Hewaheta, in the Kandy District, by an enterprising young agriculturalist, James Taylor, a redoubtable Scotsman, of which extraction were most of the pioneers of the Industry.

Taylor, the son of Michael Taylor and Margaret Moir, was born on March 29, 1835, in a cottage called “Moss Park” on the Monbodde Estate, near Laurencekirk in Kincardineshire, Scotland. On being recruited as a Coffee Planter on Narenghena Estate, he arrived in Ceylon on February 20, 1852. Following a brief posting there, he was transferred to Loolecondera Estate, where he spent the rest of his life and eventually expired on May 2, 1892, at the age of 57 years, of dysentery, while still in service.

With the decline in Coffee in the late 1860s, in 1867, Taylor pioneered the commercial cultivation of Tea on Loolecondera estate. Tea soon replaced Coffee, which was the main cash crop of the island, hitherto, on account of the “plant blight” that devastated the coffee plantations. It was Taylor's fortitude, vision and indefatigability that created this significantly successful agricultural enterprise - The Tea Industry of Ceylon, and it is to him that Ceylon Tea owes its worldwide fame.

As D.M. Forrest in his book ‘A Hundred Years Of Ceylon Tea’ observed, “He was a natural technician. He sometimes spent more money than his proprietors liked, but his roads were the best in the district and, when finished, cost nothing for two years except 5s for a cross-drain. His thatching, too, was good for five years against the normal three.” It was he who first extolled the benefits of ‘finer plucking’, which enhanced the selling price of the made tea and raised the value of the land under tea cultivation, per acre.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle paid tribute to the indomitable spirit and the profound sacrifices made by the pioneers of the Industry when he wrote, " Not often is it that men have the heart, when their one great industry is withered, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place; and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion of Waterloo"

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GMP Certification

 

 

GMP Certification

Traditionally, Iran has been the 2nd largest outlet for “Ceylon Tea” after the Russian Federation. The stringent economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the West and USA has temporarily shifted the positions of the global buyers but with the imminent possibility of sanctions being lifted sooner than later. Iran would definitely revert to the top. The Low Grown Tippy Teas at the Colombo Auctions are readily purchased by Iran and Ceylon Tea virtually dominates the market with a share of approx. 50%.

As of late, the Food & Drug Authority under the Ministry of Health & Medical Education in Iran has become very concerned and sensitive regarding the protection of their consumers from imported food & beverages. Accordingly, the Iranian Authorities are seeking an undertaking from the state bodies of the tea producing countries on the quality of the final product exported to Iran. To facilitate this requirement, Iran expects a Certification of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) which is applied for manufacture and processing of final product for made tea.

The Government of Iran is therefore, requesting a Quality Certificate from all tea suppliers exporting to Iran to consider registration permitting the import. This certification is mandatory and has to be issued by the apex state body of the respective tea producing countries. The issuing of new GMP Certificates and renewal of old GMP Certificates will be considered by Iran only after submission of such document. Hence, the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) has taken action to commence a process which will enable interested exporters to apply and obtain a quality certificate for submission to Iran. Under this scheme, SLTB involvement will be to issue a third party certification enabling eligibility for GMP from Iran in respect of final tea product ready for shipment after conducting an extensive inspection process in respect of blending, storing and packaging followed by a final product evaluation using sensory analysis and scientific examination guided by national and international standards for tea. The annual surveillance audits up to the renewal of certification after three years, may gain international confidence for Ceylon Tea, another value-addition for Sri Lanka tea industry.

This scheme is entirely voluntary and Sri Lank Tea Board will undertake inspection only on the request of the specific tea exporter and arrange expertise as per a pre-scheduled plan and audit using applicable standards. The enclosed set of documents will describe the procedure followed prior to issuing of certification and thereafter, in awarding the certificates. The scheme provides an internationally recognized third party Quality Assurance Certificate for processed tea in Sri Lanka

QUALITY ASSUARANCE FOR FOOD SAFETY AND GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES OF TEAMANUFACTURING PRACTICES OF TEA

PROCEDURE FOR GMP/GHP CERTIFICATION

GMP Certified Exporters

Mabroc Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.57/3, New Hunupitiya Road, Kiribathgoda, Sri Lanka.

BPL Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.20-24, Parakrama Road, Mattumagala, Ragama.

Vintage Teas Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd - No.143/2, Veediya Bandara Mawatha, Mulleriyawa North, Mulleriyawa New Town, 10620, Sri Lanka.

Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd - No.122 Sri Sudarshanarama Mw, Himbutuwelgoda Kelaniya.

Shan Teas (Private) Ltd - No:80/5, Ambatalle Road, Kohilawatte, Wellampitiya.

Millennium Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No:161/B, Ambathale Road, Mulleriyawa North, Mulleriyawa, Colombo.

Expolanka Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No:245/50, Avissawella Road, Wellampitiya.

Reza Seylani Tea (Pvt) Ltd - No.816, Aluthmawatha Road, Colombo - 15

Ceyem Commodities (Pvt) Ltd - No.21, Kattiyawatte Road, Mabole Wattala.

Van Rees Ceylon Ltd No.51/27, New Nuge Road, Peliyagoda.

Heritage Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.96, Ambathale Road, Kohilawatte, Wellampitiya

Imperial Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.151,Biyagama Road, Kelaniya.

Almar Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.143/17, Sri Wickrama Mawatha, Colombo - 15.

Uniworld Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.99, Old Road, Ambatale, Mulleriyawa North

Etna Trade Link (Pvt) Ltd - No.65, Ambathale Road, Wellampitiya.

SLS Warehousing (Pvt) Ltd. - No.396, Sudharshana Mawatha, Nungamugoda, Kelaniya.

Jafferjee Brothers - No.150, St Joseph's Street, Colombo -14.

Harrisons (Colombo) Ltd - Stores, "N" and "O", No.330, T.B.Jayah Mawatha, Colombo-10.

Green View International (Pvt) Ltd - No.36 A, Lake Road, Mulleriyawa

Tea Tang (Pvt) Ltd - No.235/2A, Old Avissawella Road, Orugodawatte.

Jafferjee & Sons (Pvt) Ltd - No.521, Kandy Road, Peliyagoda.

Anverally & Sons (Pvt) Ltd - No.170, Church Road, Mattakkuliya, Sri Lanka.

Union Commodities (Pvt) Ltd - No.79, Biyagama Road, Talwatte, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Stassen Exports (Pvt) Ltd - No.833, Sirimavo Bandaranaike Mawatha, Colombo 14, Sri Lanka.

Ranfer Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.36, Ketawalamulla Place, Colombo 09, Sri Lanka.

Marah Trading (Pvt) Ltd - No.912, Biyagama Road, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea Marketing (Pvt) Ltd - No.63/7, Sedawatta Road, Kohilawatta, Wellampitiya, Sri Lanka

Venture Tea (Pvt) Ltd - No.272, Ganemulla Road, Ma-eliya, Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka

Empire Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.190/1, Siri Sumana Mawatha, Kelanimulla, Angoda, Sri Lanka

Regency Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.26, 1st Lane, Naramminiya, Pethiyagoda, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Walters Bay Bogawanthalawa (Pvt) Ltd - No.04, Sri Premananda Road, Mattumagala, Ragama, Sri Lanka

Sunshine Tea (Pvt) Ltd - No.754/5, Kandy Road, Wedamulla, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Quick Tea (Pvt) Ltd - No.119/125, Attampolawatta Mawatha, Mabole, Wattala, Sri Lanka.

Unilever Lipton Ceylon Ltd - No.258, M.Vincent Perera Mawatha, Colombo 14, Sri Lanka.

Senok Tea (Pvt) Ltd - No.19/1, Kokandara Road, Kalalgoda, Pannipitiya, Sri Lanka.

Asia Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.102/3, Dharamapala Mawatha, Colombo - 07. Sri Lanka.0

Enrich Tea And Food Exports (Pvt) Ltd - No.50/12, Attidiya Road, Kawdana, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka

J.V.Gokal Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd - No.70, Sedawatte Road, Wellampitiya, Sri Lanka.

Anverally International (Pvt) Ltd - No.08, Jawatte Road, Colombo - 05, Sri Lanka.

A.F.Jones Exporters Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd - No.330, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo-10. Sri Lanka

World Spices & Teas (Pvt) Ltd - No.245/50, Avissawella Road, Wellampitiya, Sri Lanka

 

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MEMBERS OF THE SRI LANKA TEA BOAD

 

  • Mr. Lucille Wijewardena,
    Chairman,
    Sri Lanka Tea Board,
    574, Galle Road,
    Colombo 03.

       

  • Ms. W.M.T.D.Wickremasinghe,
    Addl. Secretary (Dev)
    Ministry of Plantation Industries,
    11th Floor, Sethsiripaya,
    Battaramulla.
  • Mr. A.M.P.M.B.Atapattu
    Director General,
    Department of Development Finance,
    Ministry of Finance,
    Colombo 01.
  • Mr.Anslem Perera
    Chairman, CTTA
    C/o. Euro Scan Exports Pvt Ltd,
    89, Barnes Place,
    Colombo 7.
  • Mr.Sunil Poholiyadda
    C/o.RPC Plantation Management Services (Pvt) Ltd,
    No.310, High Level Road,
    Maharagama.
  • Mrs.B.B.Gamage
    Representative of Trade Unions,
    Gannoruwa Quarters,
    Gannoruwa.
  • Mr.Yshan Fernando
    Chairman - Colombo Brokers' Association,
    C/o. Forbes & Walker Ltd,
    46/38, Nawam Mawatha
    Colombo 02.
  • Mr.D.M.Wijeratne,
    Chairman - Tea Small Holdings Development Authority,
    70, Parliament Road,
    Pelawatte, Battaramulla.
  • Mr. Jayantha Karunaratne
    Chairman - Tea Exporters Association, 
    No.50 Nawam Mawatha, Colombo-02.

  • Mr.R.S.K.Doolwalage,
    Actg. Addl Sec.(Admin.)
    Ministry of Industry and Commerce
    73/1, Galle Road, Colombo - 03.

  • Mr.Neville Ratnayake,
    Chairman  - Sri Lanka Federation of Tea Smallholder
    Development Societies, 70, Parliament Road
    Battaramulla.
  • Observer -Mr.Anil Perera
    Sri Lanka Tea Factory Owners Association,
    C/o, Tea Small Holder Factories PLC. 1st Floor,
    Mackinnon’s Building,
    4 Laden Bastian Road,
    Colombo 01.
  • Observer - Mr.H.D.Hemaratne
    Consultant, Colombo Tea Traders' Association
    Colombo 2.
  • Observer - Mr.Niraj De Mel
    482/3A, Wettasinghe Gardens,
    Off E.W. Perera Mawatha,
    Pitakotte.
  • Member - Mr.B.W.Harrison Silva
    No.199/4, Hill Street,
    Hatton.
  • Observer - Dr.M.M.J.P.Gawarammana,
    Chairman,
    Tea Research Institute,
    Talawakelle.
  • Observer - Mr.Anil Alwis,
    Chairman - Sri Lanka Tea Factory Owners Association,
    64/12A, Nawala Road,
    Nugegoda.
  • Observer - Mr.S.Ajith N.Silva
    Dilka, Kandhavihara Road, Kaluwamodara,
    Aluthgama.

CONTACT STAFF

 

 

Minister of Plantation Industries

Hon.Naveen Dissanayake

Tele : 94 - 011- 2314119
Fax : 94 - 011-2388235
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Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries

Hon.Lakshman Wasantha Perera

Tele : 94 - 011 - 2302628
Fax : 94 - 011 - 2302630
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Head Office
Postal address:
574, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
P.O.Box 1750, Colombo. Sri Lanka.

Cables: Tea Board, Colombo.

Telephone: + 94-11-2587814
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Chairman

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Mr.Lucille Wijewardena
 
Postal Address :
Sri Lanka Tea Board
No.574 Galle Road, Colombo - 03.
 
Telephone
: + 94 -11 -2590968
Fax
: + 94 -11 -2585701
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Director General
Mr.S.Anura Siriwardena
 
Postal Address :
Director General
Sri Lanka Tea Board
No.574, Galle Road,
Colombo - 03.
 
Telephone
: + 94 -11 -2508991
Fax
: + 94 -11 -2582122
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Director Promotion
Mrs.Premala Srikantha
Director Promotion
 
Postal Address :
574, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
P.O.Box 363, Colombo. Sri Lanka.
 
Telephone
: +94 11 2583343
Fax
: +94 11 2587341
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Tea Commissioner
Mr.E.A.J.K.Edirisinghe
Tea Commissioner
 
Postal Address :
574, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
P.O.Box 363, Colombo. Sri Lanka.
 
Telephone
: +94 11 2580182
Fax
: +94 11 2580161
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Tea Exports Branch
Dep. Tea Commissioner Exports
 
Postal Address :
574, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
P.O.Box 363, Colombo. Sri Lanka.
 
Telephone
: +94 11 2504090
Fax
: +94 11 2584844
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Analytical Laboratory of Sri Lanka Tea Board
Dr.Nishantha Jayathilake
Director Laboratory
Postal Address :
574, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
P.O.Box 363, Colombo. Sri Lanka.
 
Telephone
: +94 11 2581576
Fax
: +94 11 2581576
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Tea Testing Unit of the Sri Lanka Tea Board
Postal Address :
574, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
P.O.Box 363, Colombo. Sri Lanka.
 
Telephone
: +94 11 2593270
Fax
: +94 11 2587341
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Regional Office Matara
Assistant Tea Commissioner – Matara
 
Postal Address :
No.46, Wilfred Gunasekara Mawatha,
Fort, Matara.
 
Telephone
: +94 041-2222636
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Regional Office Bandarawela
Assistant Tea Commissioner – Bandarawela
 
Postal Address :
Vishaka Mawatha, New Badulla Road,
Bandarawela.
 
Telephone
: +94 057-2222812
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Regional Office Gampola
Assistant Tea Commissioner – Gampola
 
Postal Address :
No.140, Ambagamuwa Road,
Gampola.
 
Telephone
: +94 081-2352279
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Regional Office Rathnapura
Assistant Tea Commissioner – Rathnapura
 
Postal Address :
No.61/1, New Town,
Rathnapura.
 
Telephone
: +94 045-2222136
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Regional Office Mathugama
Assistant Tea Commissioner – Mathugama
 
Postal Address :
Wathurana Road,
Baduraliya.
 
Telephone
: +94 034-2247444
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Regional Office Galle
Assistant Tea Commissioner – Galle
 
Postal Address :
No. 04, William Wijerathna Mawatha,
Alapalawa Road, Wakwella Road, Galle.
 
Telephone
: +94 091-2232052
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Tea Promotion Unit - UAE/Middle East/Gulf
Counsellor (Tea Promotion)
 
Postal Address :
Consulate General of Sri Lanka
P.O.Box 51528
 Dubai, UAE.
 
Telephone
: +971 4 3987871, +971 4 3989349
FAX : +971 4 3987872
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Tea Promotion Unit - Russia / CIS
First Secretary (Tea Promotion)
 
Postal Address :
Sri Lanka Embassy, 24, Shchepkina Str.,
Moscow 129090,
Russia.
 
Telephone
: +7-495-688 1363
FAX : +7-495-688 3511
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Tea Promotion Unit - China
Third Secretary (Tea Promotion)
 
Postal Address :
Embassy of Sri Lanka, No.03, Jian Hua Lu,
Beijing - 100600,
China.
 
Telephone
: 00-86-10-65322919
FAX : 00-86-10-65325426
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