Mozambique requests financial aid from India to re-establish its tea industry

5 September 2012

A Mozambican delegation met Monday at the headquarters of the Indian Tea Board, in Calcutta, with some of the main players in the sector in order to establish the extent to which Indian businesspeople are interested in investing in Mozambique, according to a report in The Times of India.

Led by Mozambique’s agriculture Minister, José Pacheco, the delegation also sought information about growing and producing tea, a crop which was of economic importance before Mozambique’s independence in 1975.

The main tea growing area in Mozambique is Zambézia province, more specifically in Gurué.

Noting that Mozambique had lost its position within the world tea market, the minister said that the main problems facing the sector were low yield, improving quality and the need to increase demand, and added, “that is why we are asking for help and aid from the Indian tea industry so that Mozambique can develop its potential.”

The chairman of the Tea Board, MGVK Bhanu, told Minister José Pacheco that an Indian delegation would visit Mozambique soon in order to explore investment opportunities and invited a Mozambican delegation to attend the next International Tea Conference, held from 7 to 9 November of this year in Goa.

MGVK Bhanu also said that India produced 988 million kilos of tea in 2011, which accounted for 28 percent of the world market, and added that India was the world’s biggest producer of black tea. (macauhub)