Lankan Tea drive overseas

Tea-drinking countries are encouraging local businesses to buy Ceylon tea and help boost tea exports from Sri Lanka, following an appeal from the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Egypt, Russia, Iran and Dubai are among countries that have responded to the minister’s appeal and are urging importers to buy up more Sri Lankan tea.

“Already, certain countries have informed us through our embassies that they are arranging meetings with local buyers to encourage them to buy our tea, rather than wait and see whether there’ll be further reductions in tea prices,” said Sri Lanka Tea Board chairman Lalith Hettiarachchi.

“Our missions in Egypt, Russia, Iran and Dubai are, with the assistance of our tea promotion officers, taking initiatives and keeping us informed of the steps being taken to promote our tea,” Mr Hettiarachchi said.

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