Kalutara gets new tea planting nursery
The Government will set up a 2.5 acre new tea planting nursery in the
Kalutara District and a scheme to distribute around 200,000 high quality
tea plants annually among tea smallholders.
Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the new
tea planting nursery would be administrated by the Tea Research
Institute. The Tea Small Holding Development Authority would help tea
smallholders grow high quality tea in an effective manner.
The nursery would be established in Hedigalla, Palinda Nuwara in
Kalutara which would be beneficial for over 38,000 tea smallholders in
the respective area.
The Minister said there had been no tea planting nursery before this
to cater to the demand of tea plants by tea smallholders in the
district. Therefore, tea smallholders had faced greater hardships in
finding and purchasing good quality tea plants.
They had even travelled to Pelmadulla and Ratnapura to purchase good
quality tea plants.