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SRI LANKA Sri Lanka (srē läng`kə) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop. -- Six key stakeholders in Sri Lanka's tea industry have formed a federation as a pan-industry apex body, be-lieved to be the first of its kind by a major tea producing country, a senior minister announced recently.
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The minister told a news conference the association, representing tea producers, traders, exporters, smallholders, private factory owners and brokers, would in its initial states be funded largely through the on-going Asian Development Bank Asian Development Bank
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He said an analysis of the success of other national industries in the global market, such as Colombian coffee, South African wine South African wine has a history dating back to 1659, and at one time Constantia was considered one of the greatest wines in the world. Under apartheid, the industry struggled with inferior grape varieties and industrial winemaking, but the dismantling of the old state , Dutch, floriculture floriculture
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"The Sri Lankan tea industry is one of the biggest in the world, and a vital element fo the national economy," Minister Kiriella said. "However, the industry comprises multiple stakeholder groups with diverse interests and differing priorities. The success of implementing any common long term strategy will lie in the ability of the industry to work-rogether with an apex body to speathead activites."
TASL Chairman Rohan Fernando said the association comprising the Planters Association of Ceylon (PA) of which he is chairman, the Colombo Tea Treaders. Association (CTTA CTTA California Tow Truck Association (Palm Springs, CA)
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He said the initial tasks of the association would be to promote Ceylon Tea globally, develop market intelligence, and leverage quality through a quality certification program with the establishment of certification infrastructure. The TASL would also be involed in strategy and policy development and be a catalyst for product development and research Funding plans for the first five years of the TASL's operations envisage an investment of about Rs 200 million, largely from donor funds but with an increasing contribution from the Tea Cess and fee-based activities in the longer term, Fernan do disclosed.
Listing some of the other functions of the association, he said the TASL would facilitate strategic alliances and collaborate with supporting institutions such as the Tea Research Institute (TRI TRI Toxics Release Inventory (US EPA)
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"It has taken this industry more than a century to take this logical step of harnessing the synergies of all stakeholders towards a common goal," Fernando pointed out. "We feel it is about time the industry united to put Ceylon Tea firmly on the world map in generic terms as well as in brand terms."
He said the establishment of a "Ceylon Standard" quality certification program and the implementation of national and international communications plans were expected to be key elements of this effort to establish and reinforce the image of Ceylon tea globally.