Dec 19, 2017

Khapra beetle not found in Sri Lanka Featured

The Khapra beetle, said to have been found from a Sri Lanka tea consignment to Russia is an insect previously unreported from any crop cultivation in the country, said Sri Lanka Tea Research Institute chairman M.M.J.B. Gavarammana.

Therefore, tea and other crop cultivators need have no undue fear regarding this beetle, according to him.

Following this finding, Russia suspended tea and other agricultural imports from Sri Lanka.

The beetle has not been found from Sri Lanka tea itself, he said, adding that it is a species found in Russia and other countries.