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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 - 15:18
Tea issue : Sri Lanka in danger of losing Russian market share
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An academic says that if Russian ban on Sri Lankan agri-imports stays for 6 months, there is a danger that Sri Lanka will lose the Russian tea market.

Senior Lecturer Dr. Priyanga Dunusinghe of Colombo University's Economic Department said Sri Lanka would also lose the global 'black tea' market to India and Kenya.

Meanwhile, the Russian agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said that it planned to discuss restricted tea imports with Sri Lanka at the end of December.

Russia placed temporary restrictions on imports of tea and all other agricultural products from Sri Lanka from 18th of December after a beetle was found in a tea consignment.

The watchdog met a delegation led by Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Russia in Moscow yesterday (19) and requested information about steps being taken in Sri Lanka to secure the safety of tea intended for export to Russia.

The insect, known as the Khapra beetle, was discovered in the packaging of the consignment of tea from Sri Lanka, which has said it was an isolated case and that it would work with the Russian authorities to resolve the issue.

Related story:

Tea issue : Sri Lanka to send Ministerial delegation to Russia

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