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Kenya looks to capitalise on storm in Sri Lanka's teacup

The goliath beetle at the centre of the Sri Lanka-Russia spat. PHOTO | COURTESY
The goliath beetle at the centre of the Sri Lanka-Russia spat. PHOTO | COURTESY 

Kenya wants to use the current tea trade spat — triggered by a single insect— between Russia and Sri-Lanka to boost its volumes to Moscow after years of low exports.

Wire agencies reported on Friday that Russia would place temporary restrictions on imports of tea and all other agricultural products from Sri Lanka from Tuesday after a single beetle was found in a consignment.

Tea directorate says it sees the current impasse between the two countries as an opportunity for Kenya to boost sales.

“We see this as an opportunity and a challenge at the same time. An opportunity in the sense that we should use this chance to grow our volumes to Russia and also learn from the misfortune that befell Sri-Lanka to improve our standards,” said the directorate.

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