Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Future tea country

MOZAMBIQUE: To discuss and discover the fruitful opportunities accessible relating to tea farming and its scope in Mozambique, a delegation of small tea growers met the Mozambique envoy. The delegation headed by President of Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers Association (CISTA), Bijoy Gopal Chakraborty met Maria Morais, Mozambique’s High Commissioner to India and Vincent Paulo C Chihale, Commercial Counsellor. With only 6000 acres of land in use for tea plantation, out of 39,000 hectares available in Mozambique, arises a great need for expertise and investment in tea production. Further, small tea growers in an endeavor to keep themselves and cooperatives updated regarding sustainable green leaf trade have formed self-help groups in many tea growing states. The delegation also brought into limelight the extensive support forwarded by the Tea Board of India to small farmers since the 10th Plan highlighting the constitution of a Small Tea Growers Development Directorate aiming to transform small growers from green leaf producers to tea producers.


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