TSHDA launches e-services
The Tea Small Holdings Development Authority (TSHDA) last week
launched e-services to improve efficiency and reduce administrative
costs of the services provided by the Authority.
The general manager of the TSHDA, G. B. Obeysekera said that this
initiative under e-Sri Lanka program was launched with the support of
the ICTA. Now all the services provided by TSHDA are available in
electronic form through SMS, email or internet. Smallholders can get the
statement on subsidy payments by sending an SMS to 1919. Once a
smallholder completes his land preparation work he can request for an
inspection by officials by sending an SMS.
Advisory and extension services will be provided electronically.
Smallholders can create accounts with passwords in the Lanka gate web
portal and access the TSHDA database. The online application facility is
another feature, Obeysekera said.
Tea smallholders account for 71 percent of tea production in the
country. A majority or 96 percent of the smallholders have less than two
acres of land.
The TSHDA has eight regional offices and there are 150 officers
attached to them. The TSHDA annually spend over Rs. 250 million as
subsidies to smallholders. Obeysekera said inquiries from smallholders
are immediately forwarded to the relevant regional offices and