Agriculture and Environment Statistics Division
Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka.
 

Cost of production of tea per kilogramme, 2001/02 - 2010/11

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Item   2001 /02 2002 /03 2003 /04 2004 /05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13
A- General charges                          

Supervisory staff, monthly paid salaries, allowances etc, and directors, visiting charges.

  3.37 4.01 4.14 4.38 5.05 8.26 5.33 10.12 12.00 10.50 12.48 14.96
Labour                          

Holiday wages, feeding and schooling, concessionary grants, sanitary, medical and maternity benefits, contribution to E.P.F.

  6.14 7.04 8.10 8.24 6.86 8.26 10.51 13.26 23.04 24.79 28.91 31.77

Up-keep of bungalows, roads, minor buildings, etc.,interest, bank charges and commission, insurance, depreciation of fixed assets.

  9.14 9.43 10.85 12.61 12.40 15.38 11.44 15.57 18.10 28.65 28.95 30.49

Stationery, postage, etc., Auditors' fees, rent, acreage fees, and local taxes, other general expenses.

  4.49 5.78 5.70 6.07 7.59 6.79 6.71 7.80 8.32 9.02 10.92 13.24
                           
B- Up-keep and cultivation                          

Labour wages including all allowances - weeding and upkeep of fences, control of pests and diseases, manuring, plucking ,pruning,supply of vacancies, field watchers, miscellaneous.

  50.55 55.10 58.79 73.83 73.84 73.58 100.86 101.17 135.97 146.45 163.51 178.87

Materials and tools-fencing, control of pests and diseases,manure, other materials and tools.

  8.29 8.61 8.54 13.72 13.05 13.43 16.65 22.11 26.86 22.29 25.34 25.95
                           
C- Transport costs incurred in production                          

Wages of drivers and cleaners, repairs to vehicles, fuel.

  5.63 4.93 4.29 5.88 11.22 13.83 15.24 17.72 15.42 49.12 53.40 53.50
                           
D- Cost of green leaf (1)                          

(a) Cost of estate leaf

  64.49 68.64 71.62 93.43 98.10 100.84 132.74 141.00 178.19 217.85 242.25 258.32

(b) Cost of bought leaf

  95.41 74.10 80.47 79.98 100.92 162.17 172.32 179.08 207.89 237.58 254.36 273.28

(c) Cost of green leaf

  74.29 74.32 74.53 85.98 96.20 131.59 159.46 173.16 196.70 219.53 245.07 262.01
(weighted average)
                         
                           
E- Manufacturing costs                          

Factory labour,fuel for engines,fuel for driers, eletricity, machinery up-keep, packing materials, factory sundries.

  18.47 20.16 21.17 24.39 25.50 31.27 30.59 37.73 38.83 43.54 45.48 49.73
                         
F- Marketing cost and agency house expenses                        

Transport to Colombo auctions or port of shipping, storage and handling brokerage, agency charges, and other expenses.

  6.07 5.98 8.60 7.46 8.39 9.25 7.45 11.37 15.54 18.98 20.09 20.50
                           
Total cost per kilogramme of made tea.
  121.97 126.72 133.09 149.13 161.98 210.75 231.49 269.00 313.17 355.02 390.89 422.70
 
Source - Department of Census and Statistics

Note:
(1) The cost of production of tea estimates are based on a survey carried out jointly by the Department of Census and Statistics and the Tea Commissioner's Division - Sri Lanka Tea Board.

(2) This estimate includes the transport cost from factory to Colombo also.

 

 

  Agriculture and Environmental Statistics Division
Department of Census and Statistics, Colombo, Sri Lanka.