The government has decided to make the B-60 policy, which is being implemented to ensure the quality of tea produced in Sri Lanka, mandatory from January 1.
The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera has given instructions to all sectors related to the tea industry today (06).
The B-60 policy means that at least 60 percent of the leaves used to produce tea must be of high quality.
The Sri Lankan tea brand is a brand that has gained popularity in the world a few decades ago.
The brand of Sri Lanka tea faced a serious crisis due to the activities of some businessmen.
Because of this, the B-60 project was initiated to ensure the high quality of tea leaves in order to restore the high recognition of Sri Lankan tea in the international market.
The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera said that this project should be implemented as soon as possible in order to establish markets for the tea industry in Sri Lanka as this project has not been implemented so far.
Accordingly, in order to secure the quality of tea leaves supplied to the tea factories, the agreement of all the parties related to the tea industry to make the B-60 project compulsory from January 1 was published today (06).
Commenting on this, the minister said that in order to rebuild the tea industry in this country, the quality of tea must be improved.
The minister also mentioned that this B-60 project will be implemented by preventing the mixing of ripening tea leaves in addition to the tender tea leaves in picking tea leaves.
The Minister also instructed the Ceylon Tea Board to take steps to cancel their licenses if any factory violates this decision.