Mozambique seeks help from India to increase tea production

21 November 2013

A delegation of small tea growers from India met Tuesday in Calcutta with Mozambican government envoys to analyse the possibility of setting up small tea farms in Mozambique, the Indian press reported.

The delegation led by Bijoy Gopal Chakraborty, president of the Confederation of Indian Small Tea Grower’s Association (CISTA), met with José Maria Morais, Mozambique’s ambassador to India and with Vicente Paulo Chihale, the embassy’s trade attaché.

The ambassador said that there were 39,000 hectares of former tea plantations in Mozambique, of which just 6,000 hectares are privately-owned, and that the country needed knowledge and investment to re-launch tea production.

The members of the Indian delegation told Morais that there were around 200,000 small tea growers in India, which altogether accounted for 35 percent of the country’s total tea production.

According to Indian newspaper the Economic Times, Mozambique plans to send a mission to India to observe in situ the working methods of small tea growers, and that this will be followed with a visit by an Indian delegation to Mozambique.

According to sector figures, Mozambique is currently the world’s 21st biggest tea producer, with annual production of 16,000 tons. (macauhub)