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Tea Board Chairman praises RPCs for overcoming severe challenges, calls for state-led improvements to worker living standards

  • Commends RPCs for investments into replanting over and above similar initiatives in smallholder sector
  • Strongly criticizes complete failure in procedure for banning of glyphosate
  • Attacks Government failure to adequately fund Tea Research Institute
  • Calls for urgent improvements to urban townships, a relocation of workers out of plantations

Mr. Rohan PethiyagodaAddressing a gathering of the country’s most respected plantation industry professionals at the 163rd Annual General Meeting of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA), Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman, Rohan Pethiyagoda strongly commended the country’s regional plantation companies (RPCs) for their continuing success in the face of severe adversity and called for proactive steps to be taken by the Government to resolve the long-standing challenges faced by the sector’s labour force.

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Responsible plantation management by RPC’s impact positively on people and environment

·         Regional Plantation Companies trace the evolution of sustainable practices since privatization

·         Sustainable practices have benefited bio-diversity and ecosystems, land tenure and communities as well as climate.

Since privatization, the Regional Plantation Company’s (RPC) agenda has revolved around the promotion of eco-system integrity, supplemented through high-conservation measures, and complemented by multi-faceted initiatives aimed at improving stakeholder involvement, through direct methods such as awareness campaigns and forest rehabilitation.

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PA releases latest data on contribution of RPCs to Sri Lankan economy in 2016

In recognition of the 150th year of Ceylon Tea, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon released a  list of the most recently available corporate sector data on the tea industry with a view towards providing a more comprehensive understanding of the present state of the country’s regional plantation companies and their contribution to the wider economy.

According to the latest RPC data, Estate Crop production for tea stood at 79.1 million kgs, while bought crop accounted for a further 23.9 million kgs, with cultivated extend for VP tea accounting for 37,353 hectares, while seedling tea accounted for a further 31,894 hectares at the end of 2016.   
 

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Planters sound alarm as a lack of weedicides strangles sustainability in Sri Lanka’s tea estates

·         Crop loss in 18 months after glyphosate ban tops Rs. 15 billion

·         Warns of irreversible damage to quality and productivity of Sri Lankan estates

Glyphosate BanIn the face of devastating crop losses in excess of an estimated Rs. 15 billion in 2016, the Planters 'Association of Ceylon (PA) released a statement pleading with the Government to immediately provide a rational, and effective solution to the management of chemical weeding in the estate sector in a commercially viable manner.

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Planters' Association raises alarm on land redistribution proposals

Tea EstateThe Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) issued a statement raising its serious reservations as to the feasibility and potentially ruinous impact of recent budget proposals on Sri Lanka’s plantation industry.

The proposal in question calls for a reduction in the maximum acreage that can be held by any stand-alone plantation company. Without being allowed to consolidate, each RPC is proposed to be drastically reduced down to a maximum extent of 5,000 acres. The Government also issued assurances that employment for estate workers would not be disrupted as a result of the new proposals.

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Regional Plantation Companies Ink Productivity-Linked Wage, maintains call for transition to revenue sharing model  Read More....

Regional Plantation Companies call for trade unions to meet obligations following payment of interim allowance  Read More....

RPCs eye signing productivity-based Collective Agreement; Estate workers to receive interim allowance  Read More....

Regional Plantation Companies propose hybrid structure for estate worker remuneration  Read More....

Industry stakeholders join Regional Plantations' call for output-linked remuneration to sustain estate sector  Read More....

Planters say harvesting efficiency of available workforce crucial for industry survival  Read More....

New projects to further improve utilities, social infrastructure of Regional Plantation Company Estates  Read More....

Save the Children Sri Lanka envisions a different cup of tea  Read More....

Plantation Companies set future direction for worker wages with 'revenue sharing' as the only solution  Read More....

Regional Plantation Companies' wage proposal enables workers to earn Rs. 1,000 a day  Read More....

RPCs shed light on least understood crop development on estates  Read More....

Tea, rubber prices fall linked to global trend - Planters' Association  Read More....

Planters' explain how production cost of tea is determined  Read More....

Plantations in crisis; Estates suffer massive losses in 2014  Read More....

Planters' Association Chairman says productivity increase imperative for industry's survival  Read More....

Bogawantalawa Tea Estates focuses on the wellbeing of its employees' children  Read More....

Estate Worker Housing Cooperative Societies empower the plantation community  Read More....

Child Development Centres at RPC estates see vast progress  Read More....

Child Development Officers boost childcare standards in plantations  Read More....

Plantation Companies make significant headway in biodiversity integration  Read More....

Plantations mull transition to 'livelihood guarantee' model  Read More....

Planters' Association says sustainability of tea industry in the hands of workers  Read More....

Elpitiya Plantations salutes retired workers with elders' home  Read More....

More, New and Modern Housing Units for Estate Workers  Read More....

Dr P. B. J. assures state support to private sector's vision for tea, rubber  Read More....

Certification and Sustainability Programmes - Reinventing Sri Lankan Plantations  Read More....

Price declines and industry challenges crimp Sri Lanka Rubber  Read More....

Chairman Planters' Association envisions a different cup of tea  Read More....

Bearwell and Nuwara Eliya Estates earn coveted Rainforest Alliance Certification  Read More....

Mattakelle Estate masters art of tea manufacture - wins "Ralston Tissera" award four times consecutively  Read More....

Oil Palm Diversification - An Impetus for Nation Building  Read More....

Fertiliser shortage crippling plantation industry warns PA  Read More....

New Chairman Of Planters' Association Upbeat About Tea Industry's Potential  Read More....

Planters' Association condemns the murder of Noori Estate Manager, Nihal Perera  Read More....

Adverse weather conditions dampen tea production  Read More....

Planters' Association looks to trade union and worker co-operation to increase productivity and efficiency  Read More....

Planters' Association upbeat on newly formed International Tea Producer's Forum (ITPF)  Read More....

Out grower system flourishing at Endane Estate  Read More....

Labour is Plantation industry's most expensive component in tea production, so increase productivity to counter cost increase - Planters' Association  Read More....

Severe drought slashes tea production, high grown output down 11.6% during January - August  Read More....

Sri Lanka's plantation sector receives international recognition for best practices in Human Resource Development.  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon hail winners at the National Plantation Awards  Read More....

Kahawatte Plantations in Rs 10 Mn project to provide housing  Read More....

"The success of the Plantation Sector is in its people"  Read More....

Productivity improves in plantations due to alcoholism prevention programmes  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon asserts importation of Orthodox Black Tea will spell doom to the industry  Read More....

Tea industry calls for higher productivity and new market development, to ride out market uncertainties  Read More....

Planters Association celebrates 157 years  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon Chairman addresses Media Conference  Read More....

Dept of Census and Statistics reports significant reduction in poverty and improvements in quality of life indicators in the estate sector  Read More....

Plantation forestry programmes conserve the environment and save foreign exchange  Read More....

Interview with Mr Lalith Obeyesekere Chairman Planters' Association of Ceylon  Read More....

Balangoda Estate  Read More....

Planters' Association says no 'understating' of profits or manipulation of accounts by RPCs  Read More....