Plantation Agriculture – RISPC, Tea Act, etc.

Small tea growers seek international agency

International agency has proposed to help represent the small tea growers’ sector, which currently contributes about 70 per cent of the world tea crop.

  1. Efforts are also on to find ways to directly market small tea growers’ produce.
  2. Recent inter-session meeting of the Inter-governmental Group of FAO in Italy discussed the plan.
  3. Representatives from India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, China, Japan, Malawi, the U.S., U.K. and others present.
  4. Need for an international body for small tea growers was brought by quite a few tea-growing countries including India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia.
  5. Price realisation, quality and cost of production were core issues affecting segment.

The contribution to segment of the tea industry is highest in Sri Lanka and Kenya.

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