Mr. J D S Wickremesooriya, my Grand Father, was one of the pioneer Transport Agents in the Dimbula District. He had branches at Kotagala, Nawalapitiya and Talawakelle.
My father Lionel and his elder brother Francis look over the business in the late 1930s, with my father Lionel, taking charge of Talawakelle Read More
In this paper of mine I shall strive to show the reader examples of ‘attention to detail’ and making one realize that the ‘Planter’ is a multi-talented, forward thinking leader with constant zeal! Let us never make him feel inadequate and/or insignificant in the macro-image of the ‘plantation industry’ where the new investors are constantly Read More
This Paper is in backdrop of a majority of RPCs balking at prospect of planning and sustaining a well coordinated Infilling and Re-Planting Program due to [faulty] perception that the ROI on Replanting does not warrant Re-planting! A simple logical response would be that if Re-planting [and indeed Infilling] is discontinued or done haphazardly Read More
He gave it the title ‘Ceylon Tea the Trade That Made a Nation’. Within its pages the comment ‘This may not be a scholarly literary work’ was perhaps an afterthought. Whatever Richard says about himself and his work, perspective content of the metamorphosis of the plantations and an irresistible enactment of the, as he says, ‘rough and tumble’ of that evolution is succinctly captured in its pages. Read More
Ceylon Tea is a must-read, must-absorb work of art. Its review of the history of tea in Sri Lanka is set in deep context – context historical, context political and context social. As such, it is a tour de force.
Presented in simple yet arresting prose with a commendable economy of words, Ceylon Tea illuminates many aspects of life in British Ceylon as well as Sihalee and Sri Lanka past and present. Read More
This 254-page book about the history of Ceylon tea was sent to me as an email attachment to download and read on a screen, in the fashion of those who use devices to read, instead of being able to hold the actual book in one’s hand. The disadvantage of this screen version of the book, certainly for a reviewer Read More
Plucking, Picking or Harvesting are all synonyms with tea harvesting as the marketable product of tea is
manufactured from young or tender tea shoots which are picked at specific intervals depending on the
rate of growth which also differs due to weather, temperature, elevation etc. The policies germane to
harvesting of tea involve Read More
Nursery infrastructure and management practices: The objective of Tea Nursery Management is
to raise healthy, vibrant plants of uniform size of the appropriate cultivars [clones] with minimum
casualties, properly trained and adequately hardened within a reasonably short time, eminently suitable
for planting in the field. Read More