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Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 8:32
Tea exporters face another blow
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Japan rejects tea stock exported by Sri Lanka...

Authorities say Japan has rejected a stock of tea exported by Sri Lanka citing that the stock contained chemical substances more than what has been accepted.

The estimated value of the stock was Rs. 1 billion.

The Chairman of Sri Lanka Tea Board Lusil Wijewardene said now the tea planters are using MCPA as a weed killer after use of glyphosate was banned.

He added there's a danger that European Union too would reject tea stocks from Sri Lanka due to excessive use of MCPA.

Wijewardene said the rejected tea stock contained blended and packeted tea also they those cannot be used now and those stocks would be destroyed.

The SLTB Chairman said that they have requested the President a grace period of 2 years to use glyphosate and during that period they would find an alternative to be used as a weed killer in tea plantations.
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