Duties and Functions assigned to the Ministry as per the Extra Ordinary Gazette No. 2196/27 dated 06.10.2020 are:


Re-orienting overall plantation industry aimed at attracting export market by diversification of value-added production through the adoption of research techniques, new technological tools and the optimum utilization of land.

Subjects and Functions

Providing policy guidance to relevant State Ministries, and formulating policies in relation to the subject of Plantation, in conformity with the prescribed Laws, Acts and Ordinances, implementation of projects under the national budget, state Investment and National Development Program, and formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies, programs and projects, related to subjects and functions under below-mentioned Departments, State Corporations and Statutory Institutions for the creation of an "export focused plantation industry infused with new technology" based on the national policies implemented by the government, and in accordance with the policy statement "Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour".

Special Priorities

  • Prohibiting the fragmentation of lands used for tea, rubber and coconut plantations to establish human settlements and maximizing the utilization of the said lands for the development of plantation and subsidiary crops
  • Subject lands owned by plantation companies of both the State and private sectors to maximum crop diversification and develop related industries
  • Reorganizing the Tea Research Institute by enabling it to contribute towards the development of the Tea industry by the introduction of latest technology
  • Encouraging the value added tea export instead of large-scale tea bulk export
  • Expanding the tea market for Ceylon Tea with the participation of both state and private sectors
  • Promoting Pure Ceylon Tea as an excellent product of Sri Lanka at the international markets

Strategic Development Objectives

  • Increase of foreign exchange earnings
  • Retaining the cost of production at a low level
  • Enhancement of the profitability of the tea small holders and the Plantation Companies
  • Uplifting the living standard of the Plantation Community
  • Supply of high quality products to the consumers
  • Sustainable development through the environment conservation

State ministries under the purview of Ministry of Plantation