Agriculture

Sri Lanka Plantations & Agriculture

Spanning 65,000 sq km and with a moderate climate, fertile soil and an abundant supply of groundwater, Sri Lanka has long benefitted from favourable agricultural conditions. The sector remains an economic mainstay and primary national employer. As manufacturing and industrial activities have expanded, agriculture’s position as the primary economic engine has been eroded in recent years, although it remains a major strength, with high-value tea, rubber, coconut and spice production contributing significantly to export earnings. This is despite falling global commodities prices and reduced production hitting export crops in recent years.

This chapter contains interviews with Rohan Pethiyagoda, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board; and Merrill Fernando, Founder and Chairman, Dilmah Tea.