June 13, 2024

State-owned Kalubowitiyana Tea soars to new heights, with record profits and record prices paid to tea smallholders

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Incorporated on the 30th of September in 1992 as a public company fully owned by the government
of Sri Lanka, Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory Ltd (KTFL) operates four tea factories that directly
contribute to the national grid. The main factory located in Kalubowitiyana produces the record-setting low-grown CTC tea while the other three factories produce Orthodox tea. The four factories
located in Kalubowitiyana and Derangala in the Matara District, Hiniduma Hills in the Galle
District and Menikdiwela in the Kandy District are committed to enriching the lives of over 4,000
tea smallholders, while supporting the livelihoods of over 350 employees. This economic benefit
and stability that KTFL provides to 10,000+ people, is no small feat given the severe economic
difficulties facing the country today.

Steeped in the concerns of recent operational challenges, Kalubowitiyana Tea has steered
masterfully through the volatility to achieve the remarkable feat of closing their first quarter of 2022
with a revenue of Rs. 583 million and a net profit of Rs. 222 million. . Aminda Rodrigo,
The Chairman of Kalubowitiyana Tea, confirmed that the company has recorded the all-time highest
price for low-grown CTC tea at more than a staggering 50% of the twelve auctions held so far,
peaking at a selling price of Rs. 3250 in the current financial year, which is a testament to the hard
work of the management and employees operating KTFL, the flagship factory of the organization,
and the premium quality of the tea, proudly produced in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, in July of 2022,
the company was proud to offer the tea small holders that supply the award-winning grades of low
grown CTC tea, with a record-breaking compensation of Rs. 434.82 per kilo.

The Plantation Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana stated that profits are often an indication of strong
leadership and Kalubowitiyana Tea has the privilege of operating under a transparent process of
governing which aims to build a legacy appointed through ethical business practices that encourage
growth and sustained stability. As a representative of a proud tea nation, Kalubowitiyana tea is
committed to maintaining the gold standards of their business to honor the symbol of quality that
is pure Ceylon Tea.

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