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Pictures from the tea harvest in Sri Lanka (gallery 1): the tea pickers

Female tea picker in Sri Lanka
A female tea picker in Sri Lanka: she is going to work again. 

In Sri Lanka, most of the tea pickers are female Tamils. Tea picking in the sloped tea fields is a very hard job and requires know how. But, the pay is low.
The stick is used to ensure the tea bushes are picked to the same level.

Originally, many tea pickers were brought from the state of Tamil Nadu in India by the British more than a century ago to work in the plantations under the management of the Sinhalese.

Tea pickers in Sri Lanka
Tea pickers in Sri Lanka.

Selecting and picking tea leaves and flushes is done by hand. Only the top of the mature tea plants is picked.

Worker picking tea leaves in Sri Lanka
A female worker picking skilfully tea leaves and flushes in Sri Lanka.

Bringing the collected tea leaves for weighing, in the central hill country in Sri Lanka.
A tea picker puts the collected tea leaves in a large basket and usually in an additional sack.


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