There is no beverage quite like tea. Brewed from the leaves of a herb first recorded as a medicine five thousand years ago, tea has since been celebrated in the most revered manner by poets, emperors, kings, and commoners. Tea is universally known as a healthy herb though not often as one that is […]
Suggesting that ‘..the fortunes of the Hill Tamil workers on its many plantations have not kept pace with the industry’s growth’ hides a much more complex reality than first meets the eye. Notwithstanding the superficial comment of the Ceylon Tea Traders’ Association representative that the workers are well cared for and not exploited, there is exploitation, but those responsible are not, as Mr. McDonald implies, the Tea Exporters and Traders in Sri Lanka.
Doha has failed, but has it really? It has served a purpose in demonstrating the new world order where once muted, less developed countries are sharing the power of the once dominant club of developed states. The poor farmers have lost this round, but in the new world order, they have a better chance. No deal is better than a bad deal. The US and EU would have liked the latter but for producers it is the former that offers a foundation for the future.
Having just seen Steve Knapp’s reply to my father’s interview with the New Zealand Herald, this comes as a belated but important response. Mr. Knapp trivialises my father’s argument by overlooking two very important elements 1. Fairtrade has made a significant contribution to the issue of trade justice by bringing awareness of the problem. However […]
The New Zealand Herald of Monday March 17th, quotes my father, Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando, referring to Fairtrade as a ‘farce’. Newspapers like sensational headlines and that probably accounts for the title which picks up on just one of many aspects of the interview he gave. Reading on, there is a very significant truth […]
Founder Merrill J. Fernando and his sons Dilhan and Malik ensure every pack of Dilmah reaches you fresh and full of flavor. As Merrill says, "my family cares for your tea, from the tea nursery right to your teacup."