Prime Minister, who was responding to an oral question raised by opposition MP Dallas Alahapperuma, in the House said Sri Lanka has lost the markets in countries such as Syria and Iran while getting into Libyan market had also become difficult as the ISIS is active in that country as well.
He also said Sri Lanka will launch promotions for local tea in India and China in addition to Europe shortly. He said a sum of Rs.1 billion has been already made available to the Tea Board to try and revive the industry.
Responding to Alahapperuma he said the situation is worse than the crisis the tea industry faced in 2008. Alahapperuma said the previous regime was able to revive the tea industry from a similar crisis in 2008. (Daily Mirror)