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Visit National Tea Award Winners to Singapore

Sri Lanka Tea Board has organized a visit to Singapore for the Award Winners of National Tea Awards Ceremony 2017 which was held in December 2017 as part of the celebrations of 150th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Tea Industry. The purpose of the tour was to honour the contributors who make the tea industry great: the tea pluckers, smallholders, factory officers etc.  

The delegation was led by Mr. Pethiyagoda, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board from 7th to 10th March 2018 and accompanied by Mr. Roshan Rajadurai, Chairman, Planter’s Association. Mr.M.D.Samarasingha - Assistant Director (Tea Tasting) and Ms.P.U.Manamperige - Statistical Officer of Sri Lanka Tea Board also joined the tour as coordinators.

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National Tea Award Winners who have been felicitated are:

Mr.A.M.D.D.Abhayasinghe Best Tea Smallholder National (Tea Land ¼ - 1 acres)
Mr.M.G.Chandrathilaka Best Tea Smallholder National (Tea Land 1- 5 acres)
Mr.H.P.N.Somarathna Best Tea Smallholder National (Tea Land 5- 10 acres)
Mr.J.P.A.Amaratunga Best Tea Smallholder Society (Halgolla Ekamuthu Tea Small Holder Society)
Ms.M.Sivagami Best Tea Plucker (Plantation National)







Winners of Randiya Seya - 2017 Photograpy Competition

Tea Manufacturing Culture
01st Place Mr.Jayanath Kumara Illagakoon 1st place-01 TMC01
02nd Place Ms.Ayesha Bulathgama 2nd place 01-01 TMC02
03rd - Place Mr.E.G.Sagara Nuwan Gunawardena 3rd place01-01 TMC03
Merit Awards Winners

Mr.H.M.Naveen Damsara Perera

Mr.Gagan Karunachandra

Mr.Nuwan Prasanna Liyanage

Ms.Ayesha Bulathgama

Ms.Ayesha Bulathgama

Mr.Ravi Chithral Wickrama

Mr.Kariyawasam Gamhewage Keerthirathna

Mr.S.M.Pasan Iranga Senevirathna

Mr.K.T.Sampath Peiris

Mr.K.T.Sampath Peiris


Tea Drinking Culture
01st Place Mr.Nishantha  Mallawaarachchi
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 03rd - Place  Mr.Ravi Sathyajith  3rd place-011  TDC03
Merit Awards Winners


Ms.Anudi Nisalya Weerasinghe

Mr.Don Chaminda Udaya Kumara Samarathunga

Mr.Pandula Bandara

Mr.Pandula Bandara

Ms.Amanda Samani Jayawardana

Mr.Athula Ranaraja

Mr.Ravi Chithral Wickrama

Mr.Jayanath Kumara Illangakoon

Mr.S.M.Pasan Iranga Senevirathna





Once again, the Sri Lanka tea industry made remarkable in-roads to the world’s largest tea consuming market, China with a spectacular performance few days ago in the global Selenium capital of Enshi at Hubei Province. The platform was the International Tea Forum supplemented by an artistic Tea Exhibition to portray the wide range of different Chinese teas attended by a large gathering of overseas tea experts and specialist as well as the reputed Chinese tea companies. The formidable strength of Ceylon Tea powered by the auction system was clearly reiterated to the global leaders of Green Tea where the participants expressed astonishment but keen interest to support the mechanism. The Ceylon Tea Charity Auction conducted for the first time in the ancient Selenium capital of Enshi in Hubei Province, provided the tea crazy Chinese fans to witness another rare, hotly contested bidding process. This was the third such tea auction concluded by Sri Lanka in “the birth country of tea” within a short span of just three months. The hype and excitement created by this unique opportunity was considered as an  excellent promotional tool for Ceylon Tea for further penetration into the large middle class society of China, always looking for novelty and innovations. The auction system has never been experimented for tea in China although antiques, jewellery, flowers etc are popularly sold through such mechanisms.

The  success of the combination of three Ps’ - Public/Private/Peoples approach was clearly ratified again through this collaboration in the tea industry of Sri Lanka. The apex state organization responsible for the tea industry in the island, Sri Lanka Tea Board in partnership with the private sector umbrella body for the industry, Colombo Tea Traders Association and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing joined hands with the China Chamber of Commerce for Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products (CCCFNA) to organize this historic Ceylon Tea Charity Auction. It was indeed the cordial rapport and friendly dialogue cultivated by the Sri Lanka tea industry diplomats and experts with the Chinese counterparts which paved the way to organize a public forum to boost a foreign Black Tea origin in a nation where Green Tea is officially declared as the “National Drink”. The name of the game was complimenting Chinese green tea with Ceylon Black Tea to give the end user more variety where consumers are eager to try out new product innovations.

A communication strategy was formulated in advance, jointly by Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) and Colombo Tea Traders Association (CTTA) to convey the conducting of a Ceylon Tea Charity Auction which was scheduled immediately after the ceremonial opening of the International Tea Conference at Hubei Province. The Pre-Auction notice was designed by the CTTA in the format of a digital catalogue and circulated to the membership of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce through the organizing committee and also to the Chinese Tea Industry Stake Holders through the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing a week prior to the event. The pre-publicity program had highlighted the agro-climatic growing regions and emphasized on the award winning single estates of Sri Lanka including the specialty orthodox black teas from the island nation and Ceylon Green Teas.

During the day of the actual event, all the teas lined up for auctioning was displayed in the Auction Room with the opportunity to taste/liquor by an appreciative audience including the Chinese Media. The two Deputies Governors of Enshi Province patronized the auction as the Guests of Honour. A specially printed catalogue, very professionally designed by the CTTA was distributed to the enthusiastic crowd just before the charity auction commenced. The event began with a brief introduction by the Master of Ceremonies, the role taken over by Hasitha De Alwis, Director (Promotion) MENA Region of the SLTB immediately followed by a PowerPoint presentation from Anil Cooke, President of Asia Siyaka Commodities PLC. The presentation was related to the auction system, its absolute transparency, fast turnaround of crop to cash and the mechanism still believed to be the most effective by the stake-holders of the Sri Lanka tea industry. Despite discovering tea, China acknowledged the fact, that they are yet to experiment with the auction system.

Sri Lanka Tea Industry which celebrated the 150 years anniversary in the island nation with a mega program recently, elevated the awareness of the Orthodox Ceylon Black Tea Grades and Agro-climatic Regions among the Chinese society to a new level with the tea auction performed in Hubei Province. Fourteen (14) of the winning teas at the Ceylon Specialty Estate Tea of the Year Competition completed in Beijing few months ago were selected to be auctioned again in Enshi. Five (05) kilos each of the winning teas were sold at the Charity Auction, mainly to the Chinese audience at an exciting bidding contest which was keenly contested to a packed gathering. For the first time in the history, four (04) Chinese Teas of 500 gms each was also auctioned along with the Ceylon Teas as a symbol of the friendship between the tea industries of the two countries. It has been acknowledged by political leaders of both nations, that  Sri Lanka’s trade with China goes back as far as 3,000 years due to the ancient Maritime Silk Route. The “One Belt – One Road” Initiative advocated by China is consistent with the Sri Lanka’s policy on the “Strategic Cooperation Partnership” between the two countries. The geographic location of the island is also ideally placed to operate as a hub in the Indian Ocean and compliment the Chinese “Belt and Road” strategy.

An amount of RMB 50,000 (Rs. 1.1 Million) was raised at the historic charity auction for Ceylon Tea in the famous global Selenium capital of Enshi (Hubei Province).

Every lot was 05 kilos each and the teas were physically available for delivery over the counter. A noteworthy scenario was the purchase of Bandaraeliya Garden Mark of Dambatenne Tea Factory in the Uva Region by USA Tea Association at a price of RMB 5,000 as a felicitation to Sir Thomas Lipton who owned the tea estate in the colonial era. The Ceylon Tea and Chinese Tea Auction was conducted by Mr. Anil Cooke from Sri Lanka and Mr. Ling Feng (Alan) from China, a formidable combination who kept the audience on their toes. While Mr. Cooke has conducted similar auctions for Ceylon Teas in USA, Japan, Russia, Dubai and Beijing on previous occasions, Mr. Alan is the first Chinese licensed auctioneer in foreign auction company. The revenue of approx. SL Rs. 1.1 Million raised through the Charity auction will be utilized for a welfare project for the benefit of the Children of Sri Lanka tea plantation workers/labourers. It would be administered by Colombo Teas Traders Association in consultation with the Sri Lanka Teas Board.

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Monthly Tea Summary


Monthly Tea Summary includes monthly tea production, Sales quantities at Public Auction, Average sale prices at Public auction,Monthly black tea exports and monthly total fob prices.


* Monthly Tea Summary - July 2017






"150 Years of Ceylon Tea "

Sri Lanka Tea Board participation at the Grand Charity Auction


As part of the celebration of 150th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Tea Industry, the Grand Charity Auction was held on the 20th July 2017 at the Bandaranaike memorial International Conference Hall, in the presence of Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries. The special charity auction was conducted by the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association. The five lots of beautiful collection of sterling Silver tea memorabilia were auctioned and the Sri Lanka Tea Board was presented with a model of tea tasting set.

All funds collected from the auction will be directed towards charities associated with the tea estate workers and their children, focusing on the improvement on their quality of life and provision of health benefits.

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Sri Lanka Tea Board has made all arrangement to celebrate 150th annivesary of Sri Lanka Tea Industry. There are many events such as Global Tea Party, book launch, regional level exhibitions have been organized to mark the above celebration. Parellel to 150th annivesary the Educational & Trade exhibitions have been organized at regional level.


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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 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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Media Conference to Announce events in relations to the Celebrations of 150 years of Ceylon Tea 2017

The Tea Industry of Sri Lanka will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2017. The commercial cultivation of tea commenced in 1867, fortuitously supplanting coffee, which, till then, was the country's main cash crop, shortly thereafter devastated by a ravaging plant blight. A Scotsman named James Taylor is reputed to have developed the first commercial plantation and commenced the manufacture of Tea on Loolcondera Estate, Hewaheta. He was followed by other pioneers, who not only contributed agriculturally, but also helped create the infrastructure, which continues to facilitate the supply chain of this great Industry.

The Sri Lanka Tea Board, in collaboration with the Colombo Tea Traders' Association, is organizing a number of celebratory events to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Tea Industry of Sri Lanka, throughout the year 2017.

The Media Conference to announce the events in relation to the celebrations was held on 7th December 2016 at 'The Blue', Hotel Hilton Colombo. Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries was the chief guest at the event. The stakeholders, media representatives and tea industry related invitees numbering over 150 persons were present at the Media Conference at Hilton Hotel.

• This will commence with the unveiling of a sculptured bust of James Taylor at the Head Office of the Sri Lanka Tea Board – 19th January 2017.

• A first day cover and a series of stamps will be issued in February 2017, followed by the release of a Rs.10/- coin by the month of August, to commemorate this anniversary.

• Over the months of March to July, a series of Education Fairs will be conducted in all seven tea producing regions, to serve as an outreach to the local community in an endeavor to infuse a better understanding of the relevance and importance of the Tea Industry to the country and its career opportunities and to create an awareness of the significance of this historic event.

• An unique 'Global Ceylon Tea Party', hosted by the country's Diplomatic Missions worldwide, will be held on July 06, at 5.00 p.m. in each time-zone around the world, serving fine Ceylon Teas and a specially created biscuit for the occasion by Maliban Biscuit Manufactories, the oldest biscuit manufacturer in Sri Lanka.

• The publication of a Commemorative Book, an authentic historical record of 'The 150 Years of Ceylon Tea', will be launched on June 14, 2017.

• A 'Grand Charity Tea Auction' will be held on June 14, 2017, the entire proceeds of which will be invested in charitable projects, benefitting the work force of the Plantation Sector.

• During the month of July 2017, an International Tea Festival, to promote amongst Tourists and Sri Lankans the uniqueness of Ceylon Tea and the tea culture, through a festive atmosphere, will be held, with a focus on street events, featuring Tea stalls, food stalls and entertainment, including performances depicting tea related activities. It is intended that this will become an annual event in the future.

• An International Colombo Tea Convention will be held from August 8 to 11, 2017, with an expected approximately 300 overseas delegates, apart from significant local participation. Erudite presentations will be delivered by eminent personalities in the Global Tea Trade and the International Business Arena, both from overseas and Sri Lanka, with expertise and experience in a wide spectrum of relevant disciplines, setting the tone for stimulating discussions and sharing of diverse views, with competent moderators regulating the different session.

• Along with the Colombo Tea Convention, other international events will be held in Colombo, which will attract more international participation from both producer and consumer countries. Immediately preceding the Convention, the Inter Session meeting of the FAO/IGG on Tea which will be held in Colombo on the 7th and 8th of August 2017.

• A Plantation Sri Lanka 2017 Exhibition will be held from August 11 to 13, 2017 at Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre, to enable Exporters, Manufactures, Producers and Service Providers in the Tea Industry, both local and international, to showcase their products and services.

• An Award Ceremony to recognize stakeholders in the Tea Industry, encompassing all sectors in every region, ranging from the Best Tea Plucker, Tea Taster and Tea Blender to the Best Manufacturer and the most Creative Innovator, etc.

• A Programme will be initiated to upgrade the Ceylon Tea Museum at Kandy, which is of great relevance to the history of the Industry.

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