The Government-owned Janatha Estates Development Board (JEDB) will re-launch their flagship brand Jana Tea and will also introduce tea bags.
Chairman, JEDB, Rtd. Wg. Cmdr. Buwaneka D. Abeysuriya said that they are the biggest supplier of tea to the tri forces and several other government institutions including SriLankan Catering Parliament and several hospitals.
“With the introduction of tea bags and increasing retail sector sales we expected to increase revenue from this aspect from Rs. 400 million to Rs. 600 million.”
He said this is also made possible due to increase in production. “For several years tea plantations were not replaced with new plants. This is because the nurseries were completely neglected for over a decade. We have addressed this aspect and now we have nurseries with over 1.3 million plants from which estate fill-in were done while new plantations too were initiated.”
“In addition due to red tape and other issues, fertilizer to tea plantations was not properly done which resulted in low yields.” There were also issues with factory machinery for which new machinery was installed or the existing ones repaired. A mindset change among employees was needed and this too was done resulting in an increase of production.
“We have also plucked over 200,000 kilos of green leaf more than the first quarter of 2020 which is a testimony our improvement and we will end the year with a record crop harvest.”