With eServices kicked off at the Tea Small Holdings Development Authority (TSHDA) recently, tea smallholders have begun to find doing their cultivation and business duties just their cup of tea.
The eServices project that empowers the tea smallholders thus is the fruition of the joint effort of TSHDA and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and TSHDA. The project thus making life easier for the tea smallholder was officially launched by Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe at the TSHDA auditorium on May 2nd. Addressing on this occasion the audience including Government officials and representatives of the country’s tea smallholder societies totaling about 1200, the Minister underlined the importance of the tea smallholders. Unlike what many think 75 per cent of the country’s total tea industry revenue comes from tea small holdings. Speaking further on the occasion the Minister requested TSHDA to ensure that proper training in the use of relevant eServices is given to tea smallholders who total about 400,000 island-wide. Speedy action in this regard is important, the Minister urged.