Russia recently imposed a ban on Sri Lanka tea imports, saying it found Khapra beetle eggs from a consignment of tea sent by Sri Lanka.
Buying 25 per cent of Sri Lanka’s tea exports, Russia is the island’s leading buyer of tea.
Following an exchange of correspondence between the presidents of the two countries, a nine-member Sri Lanka delegation left for Russia yesterday for talks on this matter.
They include two additional secretaries of the plantation and agriculture ministries, three officials of the Tea Board and another from the Tea Research Institute.
Plantation industries ministry secretary J.A. Ranjith said that pursuant to this official level meeting, a ministerial delegation will be discussing the matter with Russia.