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Dec 22, 2017

Kenya takes advantage of Sri Lanka tea ban Featured

Kenya is taking advantage of the Sri Lanka tea import suspension by Russia and is trying to gain that market share.

A team led by the Kenyan agriculture secretary is expected in Moscow next month to discuss increasing tea sales.

Placed third among tea exporters to Russia, Kenya hopes to sell 44 million kilos of black tea to Russia in the next three years.

Sri Lanka’s number one tea exporter position to Russia has been affected after that country suspended Sri Lanka tea imports four days ago following the finding of a Khapra beettle from a tea consignment shipped from the island.

Sri Lanka has had a 23 per cent share in Russia’s demand for tea, and imported 25 million kg in the past nine months to earn a Rs. 19 billion income.

Ambassador in Russia Dr. Saman Weerasinghe told Sri Lanka Mirror that steps would be taken to get the ban lifted by next month.

President Maithripala Sirisena has sent a special message in this regard to his Russian counterpart Vladmir Putin, said the ambassador.

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