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National Organizer of the Tea Small Holdings Development Authority (TSHDA) Lal Premanath stated that the government should be held responsible for the import ban imposed on Sri Lankan tea by Russia.

Lal Premanath pointed out that the import ban imposed by Russia is a grave blow to the Sri Lankan tea industry.

Meanwhile speaking to the media at Bandaragama, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera stated that Sri Lankan tea small holders should not be unnecessarily afraid of the Russian import ban.

He stated that all necessary steps have been taken to lift the ban that was imposed and that negotiations have been launched to resolve the situation without further delay.

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