Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tea from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

 A Tea Plucker in the plantations of Ceylon.

This postcard is postmarked in 1958 with a Ceylon airmail stamp.

The sender writes:
Ceylon is certainly colorful.  The people are friendly and smiling.

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Tea production in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world's fourth largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers, with tea accounting for 15% of the Gross Domestic Product, generating roughly $700 million annually.

In 1995 Sri Lanka was the world's leading exporter of tea, (rather than producer) with 23% of the total world export, but it has since been surpassed by Kenya. The tea sector employs, directly or indirectly over 1 million people in Sri Lanka. The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall in the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high quality tea. 
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Stamp 1957
Air Mail with Plane 75 Cents

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