Dec 30, Colombo: Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) R. Yogarajan says that the government needs to allocate more funds and lands for replanting tea.
Yogarajan told the media that so far only 400 out of the 250,000 acres of state owned tea plantations have been replanted because the government had allocated only Rs. 500 million to the state-owned estates managed by private companies.
He has questioned why the government had not taken measures to replant the entire 250,000 acres by providing adequate funds.
Yogarajan noted that the government has collected Rs. 4 billion as cess from annual tea exports and the monies could be allocated for the replanting process.
The government when imposing the cess claimed the monies collected will be used to develop the tea industry.