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Tea exports between January-May 2021 amount to over Rs. 103bn



Exceeds periodic performance by Rs. 18. 36bn

By Steve A. Morrell

Tea Brokers weekly Tea Market Reports, particularly, John Keels Holdings, (JKH,) market Review, Forbes and Walker ( F & W) Tea market report, and Asia Siyaka(AS) Brokers weekly tea update, reported tea exports from January to May 2021 exceeded Rs. 103. 07 billion. This exports result exceeded 2020 performance by Rs. 18. 36 Billion. From January to May 2020 exports were Rs 84.7 Billion. It is a clear indication that Ceylon Tea registered increased demand over the same period comparing both seasons.

One of the reasons attributed for the increase in Ceylon Tea exports was the lower production to some extent in the Indian Tea industry because of bad weather as well as the coronavirus pandemic that swept through India disrupting many commercial activities. The factual position was that the pandemic situation exacerbated dearth in production pushing supply and demand position to critical levels, Thus results of the pandemic in India generated increased demand for Ceylon Tea.

Cumulative exports recorded production levels at 134.72 million kilos to date, as reported by AS Brokers; comparatively 2020 the quantity recorded was 109. 5 million kilos.

It should also be of interest that 75 percent of the production was output by the tea smallholders. Sources from this sector said such results were also of importance as uncertainty in the fertiliser supply chain served as an impediment to production. Regional Plantation Companies were not exempt from the catastrophe facing the industry, as confirmed by sources who declined to be quoted.

Reports said Turkey was the leading buyer last week at Colombo tea auction. Turkey was followed by Iraq, Russia, and the UAE. Iran moved down to 8th position from 4th. Other notable importers of Ceylon tea were China, Azerbaijan, Libya, and Syria. Meanwhile Chile, and Saudi Arabia imports declined. However, exports to China increased substantially, contributing some 52 percent YoY.

Low growns production during the week was recorded at 3.1 million kilos.

Flowery grades were sold at prices ranging from Rs. 2,200 to Rs, 2,400 per kilo. Prices from the western hills, particularly BOPF grade, appreciated as the sale progressed. High and mid grown CTCs were Rs. 20 to 30 per kilo – less than expected.

According to the Tea Report, production in 2017 was 307.71 million kilos. In 2020, the production was 278.4 million kilos. Reports at hand did not indicate reasons for drop since that year.

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Exterminators PLC certified as great place to work



Travis Ferreira, Executive Director, ‘Extermina tors PLC’, receiving the certificate from the GPTW team

Exterminators PLC announces that it has been certified as a Great Place to Work for the second year in a row. This achievement reaffirms our commitment to creating an environment that fosters learning, development, and success for our staff members. The certification was awarded after an independent audit and certification process conducted by the renowned organisation Great Place to Work (GPTW), which evaluated our company across various focus areas. Exterminators PLC excelled in the Trust Index, scoring high points in all focus areas during the certification process.

“The challenges we faced over the past twelve months were unprecedented. We are proud of our coworkers, who kept our business operating without interruption by working collaboratively and courageously and leaning on our collective creativity, innovation, and passion. Our slogan was ‘How can we’ keep the promise we made? and we constantly innovated to get the job done, no matter how difficult it was.

We are grateful to our coworkers who collaborated with us during these most challenging times and for their pure commitment and loyalty towards Exterminators PLC, which kept us moving forward despite unprecedented obstacles.” Marlon Ferreira the Managing Director said.

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SLT-MOBITEL mTunes introduces ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo



Bringing elevated lifestyle experiences, SLT-MOBITEL is offering users the ultimate chance to turn music into wealth with its new ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo on mTunes.mTunes is a digital lifestyle service that allows customers to personalise their Caller Ring Back Tone (CRBT) with their favourite songs or audio content. It adds a unique and personalised touch to phone calls, allowing customers to express their originality and preferences with their loved ones.

With a vast collection of songs on the mTunes platform, the ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo offers users the opportunity to connect with their hearts’ content and win big cash prizes. From September 1st to November 30th, 2023, the ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo on mTunes promises incredible prizes for lucky participants. The grand prize is an amazing Rupees One million (Rs. 1,000,000) with additional rewards of Rs. 100,000 for the second winner and Rs. 50,000 for the third place. But the path to wealth does not end; seven more lucky winners will receive Rs. 10,000 each, and every week, there will be twelve lucky winners of Rs. 10,000 each in cash prizes.

Participating in the promotion is easy. Existing and new CRBT users have the chance to win these fantastic prizes, including becoming millionaires, by simply activating more mTunes during the promotional period. With multiple cash prizes available, there are numerous opportunities to win every week. The ‘Be a Millionaire’ promotion is a golden opportunity to make dreams come true.

Users can increase their chances of winning by simply activating more mTunes daily. Users can also experience the fun, excitement, and entertainment offered by mTunes and enjoy the world of music.

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Lanka can build strong tourism ‘eco-brand’: UN official



United Nations Resident Representative to Sri Lanka, Azusa Kobota


ECONOMYNEXT –Sri Lanka can build an ‘eco-brand’ catering especially to younger tourists who feel strongly about the environment, United Nations Resident Representative to Sri Lanka, Azusa Kobota said.

About 70 percent of global travellers prioritise sustainability in their holiday choices, marking a ten percent increase from 2021, while around 30 percent of travellers feel guilty about flying, due to carbon emissions, she said.

“As the world embraces green thinking during this time of economic recovery efforts, the objective of the tourism sector cannot simply be about increasing the number of inbound tourists,” Kobota said at an event marking World Tourism Day in Colombo.

“It has to be about enhancing their experience through green lenses, by implementing a responsible, eco-conscious paradigm for the sector and building a stronger eco-brand around the sustainable agenda for Sri Lanka,”

“This is no longer about reducing the trade offs between growing the industry and protecting the environment.

“We must see nature as our asset and solutions to be obtained for the exponential growth for our future generations.”

The sustainable tourism market is estimated to have earned 195 billion US dollars in 2022, and is expected to reach about 656 billion US dollars in 2032, she said.

“Tourists, particularly the younger generations from gen X,Y,Z are deeply, deeply conscious about the long term choices of their actions, and the adverse impact of tourists on the environment.

“Statistics show that a significant proportion of global travellers, about 30 percent, feel guilty about flying due to the environmental impact and 22 percent say they actively prefer public transport and bicycle rental options, over renting a car.”

Sri Lanka welcomed one million tourists by September 26 and is expecting more that 1.5 million tourists by the end of the year.

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