The financial assistance given to re-cultivate tea has been increased. The cabinet has approved a proposal by the minister of plantations to increase the amount from 400,000 to 500,000 rupees per 1 hectare of land. The total tree production in 2019 is 300 million kilograms. 75 percent of that has been produced by tea small holders. A high cost has to be incurred to re-cultivate tea and it takes 4 years to earn an income out of that. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today that the amount was increased in encourage re-cultivation of tea. The cabinet has also approved to abolish tourism act number 38 of 2005 and to introduce a new bill. The tourism minister has submitted the relevant proposal. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that it was decided to introduce a new act for sustainable development of the tourism industry.
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