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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle remarked on the establishment of the tea plantations, "…the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo".Soon enough plantations surrounding Loolkandura, including Hope, Rookwood and Mooloya to the east and Le Vallon and Stellenberg to the south, began switching over to tea and were among the first tea estates to be established on the island.In 1894 the Ceylon Tea Traders Association was formed and today virtually all tea produced in Sri Lanka is conducted through this association and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.In 1896 the Colombo Brokers' Association was formed and in 1915 Thomas Amarasuriya became the first Ceylonese to be appointed as Chairman of the Planters' Association.In 1925 the Tea Research Institute was established in Ceylon to conduct research into maximising yields and methods of production.By 1927 tea production in the country exceeded 100,000 metric tons (110,231 short tons), almost entirely for export.In addition, tea planting by smallholders is the source of employment for thousands whilst it is also the main form of livelihoods for tens of thousands of families.Sri Lanka is the world's fourth-largest producer of tea.
In 1873, the first shipment of Ceylon tea, a consignment of some 23 lb (10 kg), arrived in London.
In 1938 the Tea Research Institute commenced work on vegetative propagation at St.
Coombs Estate in Talawakele, and by 1940 it had developed a biological control (a parasitic wasp, Macrosentus homonae) to suppress the Tea Tortrix caterpillar, which had threatened the tea crop.
The first British governor Frederick North prohibited private cinnamon plantations, thereby securing a monopoly on cinnamon plantations for the East India Company.
However, an economic slump in the 1830s in England and elsewhere in Europe affected the cinnamon plantations in Ceylon.