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Planters’ Association Annual General Meeting 2021

Chairman’s speech

Good afternoon, ladies, and gentlemen, I thank you for joining the one hundred and sixty seventh Annual General Meeting of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon, and the first-ever AGM hosted on a virtual platform, given the prevailing pandemic situation.

Before I start my speech proper I like to quote few paras of an article that I read yesterday form an e mail received from a friend of mine which I presume  its very important to all our members in today’s context .

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RPCs target 10% reduction in child malnutrition with new community programmes

With the pandemic taking a toll across many vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) reiterated the commitment of its members in ensuring the quality of health and living of estate sector communities.

Working towards this vital goal, the industry has set a collective target of reducing child malnutrition by 10% by the end of 2021, through the implementation of 60 nutrition enhancement projects across RPC Estates.

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Tea Smallholders estimate 30% drop in yield by end 2021, 50% by March 2022

  • Reiterates support for strategic transition to organic cultivation
  • Warns of collapse in rural economies in absence of immediate solutions to fertilizer shortage
  • Some smallholder plots already deprived of fertilizer for 6 months
  • Reduction in quality of harvest anticipated by September
  • Calls for compensation scheme proposed by Government to be applied to tea smallholders  

Sri Lanka’s tea smallholders estimate a 30% Year-on-Year (YoY) drop in harvests by the end of 2021, and a further halving of total production by March 2022 in the absence of a definite solution to acute fertilizer shortages following a controversial import ban.

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A dire warning of the negative effects of organic manure for Sri Lanka’s entire tea industry

With my experience, based on 45 years of hands-on, direct experience in the tea industry, I wish to issue a dire warning about the Sri Lankan tea industry; if inorganic fertilizer is withdrawn, the productivity of Sri Lanka’s tea lands will certainly decline to uneconomic levels. This will lead to a severe drop in foreign exchange earnings, resulting in a drastic decline in the earning capacity of all owners of tea lands – including tea smallholders which account for the majority of production and employment. Less tea at the weekly auctions would provide ample opportunity for our competitors to capture the traditional tea markets, which Sri Lanka currently holds.

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PA urges all stakeholders to work towards a fair deal for Ceylon Tea  

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) marked International Tea Day, with a call to all policy makers and stakeholders to take a holistic and practical approach ensuring a sustainable way forward for the industry, while ensuring that producers of Pure Ceylon Tea are given a fair deal.

In alignment with the theme of this year’s International Tea Day celebration: “Tea and Fair Trade”, the PA called on the entire trade – including all Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs), as well as the State-owned and smallholder sectors and factory owners, traders, exporters– to focus on enhancements across the supply chain, in order to carve out a sustainable way forward for the sector.

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Planters' new chief wants sustainable solutions for industry problems  Read More....

RPCs partner Government to protect estate communities against COVID-19  Read More....

Sri Lankan sustainable oil palm producers to target growing opportunities in 1H2020  Read More....

Chairman's address at the PA AGM on 20-09-2019  Read More....

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya to deliver keynote address at 165th AGM of the Planters' Association of Ceylon  Read More....

Ensuring a sustainable future for the next 50 years of Sri Lanka's oil palm industry  Read More....

Bogawantalawa Tea set to become world's first Climate Positive plantation company  Read More....

Housing and infrastructure development in 2018 reaches Rs. 2 b in the estate sector  Read More....

RPCs and trade unions end wages deadlock agree to Rs. 750 daily wage  Read More....

Worker earnings tip over Rs. 80,000 per month through revenue-shared scheme on RPC managed estates  Read More....

Planters' Association stands firm on final wage offer, productivity linked  Read More....

PA 164th AGM ADRESS BY CHAIRMAN  Read More....

Pulling back the curtain on the privatization of Sri Lanka's plantation sector  Read More....

PHDT completes of Rs. 1.4 Billion in housing and infrastructure development in 2017  Read More....

Palm Oil Industry Association launched to advocate sustainable growth  Read More....

The evolution of Sri Lanka's plantation sector into diversified, vertically integrated, globally aligned, agri-businesses  Read More....

PHDT completes of Rs. 1.4 Billion in housing and infrastructure development in 2017  Read More....

The Glyphosate Story - CKDu, food security and national economy  Read More....

The role of science in adapting a climate-resilient plantation sector  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon hails the decision to lift ban on glyphosate  Read More....

Tea industry stakeholders unite to call for lifting of glyphosate ban or viable alternative in face of mounting crop losses  Read More....

Respected industry professional Lalith Obeyesekere is Planters' Association's new Secretary General  Read More....

Veteran perspectives: Dr. Dan Seevaratnam reflects on a legacy of social empowerment through oil palm  Read More....

Planters' Association of Ceylon commend swift action to help lift Russian restrictions on Sri Lankan tea imports  Read More....

Planters' Association praises RPC oil palm performance, calls for greater support as sector profits hit Rs. 2.4 billion  Read More....

Sustainable oil palm central to the success of Sri Lanka's plantation industry  Read More....

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

Responsible plantation management by RPC's impact positively on people and environment  Read More....

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

Planters sound alarm as a lack of weedicides strangles sustainability in Sri Lanka's tea estates  Read More....

Planters' Association raises alarm on land redistribution proposals  Read More....

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....