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Winner of Montreal Protocol implement award
Sri Lanka is the largest producer of Orthodox tea in the world. Its annual tea production is in the region of 330 - 340 million kg which accounts for 9 - 10 % of world tea production.
Sri Lanka exports approx : 325 million kg of tea annually and has a share of 20% in global tea exports. Sri Lanka became the first tea producing country to achieve USD one billion in export revenue when it earned USD 1.1 billion from tea exports last year.
International Standard Organization in 1997 confirmed that Sri Lanka Tea (Ceylon Tea) is the cleanest in terms of pesticide residues. This has been re-confirmed at subsequent ISO Forums held every other year.
In its commitment to ensure the sustainability of the tea plantation, Sri Lanka has discontinued the use of any chemicals in the tea plantation which depletes the ozone layer. It has become the first tea producing country to adopt 100% environment friendly technologies in tea cultivation and received the recognition from Montreal Protocol as the first Ozone Friendly Tea in the world.
What is Ozone (o)
Ozone (O) is a naturally occurring gas made of a triple form of oxygen and more than 90% of it is found in the Stratosphere 10 to 50 km above the earth\\\'s surface. This region where Ozone is concentrated in the Stratosphere is commonly known as the Ozone Layer. This ozone layer acts as a protective shield, which filters the harmful Ultraviolet rays.
Mechanism of Ozone Layer Depletion
In 1980s it was discovered that the most commonly used ozone depleting substances (ODS) are Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which is used in the Refrigeration industry. When DFCs are released to the atmosphere they reach the stratosphere and are split by Ultra violet B radiation. This process sets highly reactive Chlorine atoms free. Bromine atoms were also released in a similar manner from substances like Halon and Methyl Bromide. These Chlorine and Bromine atoms act as a destroying agent of ozone molecules i.e. ozone is broken into Oxygen and forms Chlorine Monoxide and free high-energy oxygen atom. By this way a single Chlorine atom can destroy up to 100,000 ozone molecules. Bromine compounds also play a key role in destroying the ozone layer. Some chemical compounds like Nitrous Oxide and other Nitrogen compounds also have a damaging affect on the ozone layer.
Effects of Ozone Layer Depletion
The direct result of the ozone layer depletion will be an increase of the amount of UV radiation that will reach the earth\\\'s surface. These Ultra violet rays have a destructive effect on humans, marine life, crops and other living creatures.
Impact on human life:
According to studies ozone depletion will lead to human skin cancer, eye cataracts and also it will affect the capacity of the human immune system resulting in decline in hart immunization process and increase in the occurrence of infection diseases.
Impact on the ecological system and sea life:
Ultra violet rays have an adverse effect on plant and marine life. Seeds of plants and larvae of sea creatures that are exposed to the sun will be seriously damaged thereby breaking the natural life system and food production. Growth of plants and crops will also be restricted.
Impact on the global climate:
Ozone depletion and release of CFCs will also have an adverse affects on the global climate, Changes in temperature profile, cloud formation and weather processes are also predicted by the scientists. Depletion of the Ozone layer will result in UV radiation filtering through the Troposphere. This UV radiation will react with Oxygen (O2) and create Ozone (O3) at the Troposphere where it is harmful to humans, crops and other living creatures.
Montreal protocol on substance that depletes the ozone layer was established in 1987.It was a landmark internationally recognized treaty to protect the ozone layer and to date. 191 countries have signed the protocol and actively engaged in phasing out the production and consumption of ozone depleting chemicals, The National Ozone Unit of Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources of Sri Lanka has been acclaimed as a leader in ozone layer protection efforts in the world and received the Montreal Protocol Implementers Award in 2007.
ODS & Ceylon Tea
Methyl Bromide (MeBr) which is an aggressive ODS was used in Sri Lanka extensively in the pest management in agriculture, storage of products, warehouses, quarantine and Pre-shipment purposes, Under the Montreal protocol, Sri Lanka implemented two projects to phase out use of Methyl Bromide for non quarantine & pre-shipment purposes. The project on Tea sector was successfully completed in 2002, by adopting environment friendly technologies without use of Methyl Bromide. Today Sri Lanka tea industry does not use the Methyl Bromide in the tea plantation and thus produces 100% Ozone friendly tea. Presently only Sri Lanka tea (Ceylon Tea) is qualified to be recognized as ozone friendly tea.
Ozone Friendly Pure Ceylon Tea First in the World
When you pick a pack of Pure Ceylon Tea, you are helping to protect the ozone layer and provide a safer environment for the next generation.