January 21, 2011 / 2:58 PM / in 7 years

Sri Lanka 2010 tea output at record 329.4 mln kg

 COLOMBO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's 2010 full-year tea
production rose 13.1 percent to a record 329.4 million kg, the
Indian Ocean island nation's Tea Board said on Friday.
 The record crop grew from 291.1 million in 2009, and
surpassed the previous top mark of 318.7 million kg set in
2008. December dipped to 25.7 million kg from 26.3 million kg
in the same month last year.
 "It was due to good weather and favourable agricultural
practices," Sri Lanka Tea Board Director General H.D.
Hemarathna told Reuters.
 Output fell 9 percent to 289.8 million kg last year from an
all-time output peak of 318.7 million kg in 2008 due to adverse
weather and a lack of fertiliser, along with a labour strike.
 Sri Lanka's annual earnings from tea exports fell 6.8
percent to $1.2 billion last year after hitting a record peak
of $1.28 billion in 2008.
 Export revenue from January to November rose 16.7 percent
to $1.2 billion compared with a year ago, central bank data
showed.
 Tea is one of the main foreign exchange earners for Sri
Lanka's $42 billion economy, along with remittances, garments
and tourism. The Indian ocean island nation is one of the
biggest black tea producers in the world, along with India and
Kenya.
 The following table shows Sri Lanka's tea output (in kg):
                 NOVEMBER                  JAN-NOV
            2010       2009           2010         2009  
High Gr     5,896,680   6,402,091     78,285,212   72,963,048
Medium Gr   3,506,600   3,733,909     55,416,911   44,844,250
Low Gr     16,286,730  16,191,646    195,679,722  173,324,695
Total      25,690,010  26,327,646    329,381,845  291,131,993
  (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Bryson Hull)




















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