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Signing of MOU with Michigan State University

(Created date: 14-Nov-2019)

Sri Lanka’s overall economic and social development is dependent on the growth and development of the tea sector. However, as far as the socio-economic environment of the tea sector is concerned; the main challenges are to foster worker wellness and dignity for reducing worker shortage thus improving productivity.

Being labour-intensive cultivation, availability of a skilled workforce is a critical factor for the sustainability of the industry. Existing socio-economic status of the estate workforce is one of the most important factors which provide past and present status of the tea sector and also the future perspective of industry. It has been identified that, improved socio-economic conditions of the estate workers will contribute positively to the production system of tea sector. However, to make policy decisions, in-depth analysis of the socio-economic context of tea estate workers is necessary. Analyzing the ways and means and also to what extent the efficiency of workers need to be increased in achieving the desired worker output will help to balance the development rate of industry, and efficacy and skills of the workers. Considering these aspects, Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka (TRISL) and Michigan State University (MSU) in the USA have entered into a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to undertake Socio-economic research which will no doubt be useful to the tea sector in Sri Lanka. The initial topic that is selected for collaborative research has been “Investigating social and economic impacts of alternative worker deployment models”, as one of the key areas for the industry development. Besides, the MOU facilitates to foster the interchange of scientific information among scientists in Sri Lanka and foreign countries.

A ceremonial signing of MOU for Academic & Research Co-operation between TRISL and MSU was held on 14th November 2019 at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.

Mr J A Ranjith, Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industries was the Guest of Honor of this event. Prof. Linda Racioppi, Associate Dean for Research, MSU and Dr Hashini Galhena Dissanayake, Assistant Professor of MSU, Representatives from US Embassy of Sri Lanka, Dr Mohan Abeyratne, Chairman of Tea Research Board, Dr. L S K Hettiarachchi, Director of Tea Research Institute and Deputy Directors of TRISL, Senior Officials from TRISL, Chairman of Planters’ Association, Chairman of Ceylon Tea Trader’s Association and CEO’s of Regional Plantation Corporations, Lecturers of the University of Peradeniya and University of Kelaniya attended to the event.

The welcome address of this special occasion was delivered by Director, TRISL. Dr. Mohan Abeyrathne, Chairman of Tea Research Board addressed the gathering, emphasizing the significance of this MOU for R & D collaborative projects to local tea industry. Mr. J A Ranjith, Secretary MPI, addressed the gathering highlighting importance of having such collaborations which would no doubt facilitate to discover new dimensions of the tea-based socio-economic issues. Dr. H W Shyamalie, Head of the Agricultural Economics Division presented the findings of pilot scale projects carried out at TRISL on worker deployment models in the tea industry.





Prof. Linda Racioppi, Associate Dean of the MSU highlighted the importance of collaborative work and shared her valued global experience in socio-economic issues in some agro-based industries. Dr. Hashini Galhena Dissanayake, Assistant Professor and Lead Researcher of MSU presented the significance of proposed pilot scale collaborative project on worker scarcities. It was highlighted that this study focuses investigating the efficacy of alternative worker development models for tea production under conditions of worker scarcity. Especially the study aims to focus on how selected alternative worker development models (Contractual, block plucking & Out grower etc.) adopted by state-owned & RPC estates compare with traditional systems in terms of economic & social utilities, investigate severity of worker scarcity, adoption terms of alternative worker deployment models and also the impacts of selected model/s having socio-economic wellbeing of the worker. The investigations will therefore be carried out in partnership with the Agricultural Economics Division of TRISL and the Michigan State University and in collaboration with RPCs in the forthcoming year. The findings of study will lead to identify key strategies to be adopted by the sector, and develop and streamline alternative worker development models to address the worker shortage issues in the industry.








Sri Lanka’s overall economic and social development is dependent on the growth and development of the tea sector. However, as far as the socio-economic environment of the tea sector is concerned; the main challenges are to foster worker wellness and dignity for reducing worker shortage thus improving productivity.

Being labour-intensive cultivation, availability of a skilled workforce is a critical factor for the sustainability of the industry. Existing socio-economic status of the estate workforce is one of the most important factors which provide past and present status of the tea sector and also the future perspective of industry. It has been identified that, improved socio-economic conditions of the estate workers will contribute positively to the production system of tea sector. However, to make policy decisions, in-depth analysis of the socio-economic context of tea estate workers is necessary. Analyzing the ways and means and also to what extent the efficiency of workers need to be increased in achieving the desired worker output will help to balance the development rate of industry, and efficacy and skills of the workers. Considering these aspects, Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka (TRISL) and Michigan State University (MSU) in the USA have entered into a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to undertake Socio-economic research which will no doubt be useful to the tea sector in Sri Lanka. The initial topic that is selected for collaborative research has been “Investigating social and economic impacts of alternative worker deployment models”, as one of the key areas for the industry development. Besides, the MOU facilitates to foster the interchange of scientific information among scientists in Sri Lanka and foreign countries.

A ceremonial signing of MOU for Academic & Research Co-operation between TRISL and MSU was held on 14th November 2019 at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.

Mr J A Ranjith, Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industries was the Guest of Honor of this event. Prof. Linda Racioppi, Associate Dean for Research, MSU and Dr Hashini Galhena Dissanayake, Assistant Professor of MSU, Representatives from US Embassy of Sri Lanka, Dr Mohan Abeyratne, Chairman of Tea Research Board, Dr. L S K Hettiarachchi, Director of Tea Research Institute and Deputy Directors of TRISL, Senior Officials from TRISL, Chairman of Planters’ Association, Chairman of Ceylon Tea Trader’s Association and CEO’s of Regional Plantation Corporations, Lecturers of the University of Peradeniya and University of Kelaniya attended to the event.

The welcome address of this special occasion was delivered by Director, TRISL. Dr. Mohan Abeyrathne, Chairman of Tea Research Board addressed the gathering, emphasizing the significance of this MOU for R & D collaborative projects to local tea industry. Mr. J A Ranjith, Secretary MPI, addressed the gathering highlighting importance of having such collaborations which would no doubt facilitate to discover new dimensions of the tea-based socio-economic issues. Dr. H W Shyamalie, Head of the Agricultural Economics Division presented the findings of pilot scale projects carried out at TRISL on worker deployment models in the tea industry.





Prof. Linda Racioppi, Associate Dean of the MSU highlighted the importance of collaborative work and shared her valued global experience in socio-economic issues in some agro-based industries. Dr. Hashini Galhena Dissanayake, Assistant Professor and Lead Researcher of MSU presented the significance of proposed pilot scale collaborative project on worker scarcities. It was highlighted that this study focuses investigating the efficacy of alternative worker development models for tea production under conditions of worker scarcity. Especially the study aims to focus on how selected alternative worker development models (Contractual, block plucking & Out grower etc.) adopted by state-owned & RPC estates compare with traditional systems in terms of economic & social utilities, investigate severity of worker scarcity, adoption terms of alternative worker deployment models and also the impacts of selected model/s having socio-economic wellbeing of the worker. The investigations will therefore be carried out in partnership with the Agricultural Economics Division of TRISL and the Michigan State University and in collaboration with RPCs in the forthcoming year. The findings of study will lead to identify key strategies to be adopted by the sector, and develop and streamline alternative worker development models to address the worker shortage issues in the industry.










 
 
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