Naharbari Tea Factory in Sonitpur district got the award in CTC tea variety at the three-day Hong Kong International Tea Fair which began on August 16. The fair organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council offers a wide range of tea leaves, processed tea and tea products, tea packaging, tea ware, tea technology and other tea-related products to buyers from all over the world.
Fr Sebastian K.V, a partner of Naharbari Tea Factory said that it is great news for Assam tea and a great scope for the Assam tea market in China and other countries. The factory was born out of Tezpur Social Service Society, a social wing in Tezpur. The factory sells tea under Archana and Avani brands.
Altogether 2,200 small-tea growers supply green leaf to the factory that is given a very good price for the leaf supplied. Assam CTC tea is slowly making a foothold in the black tea market in China, and a few gardens from Assam are getting orders.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN says that China is responsible for the accelerated growth in global tea output as production has increased to more than double. The expansion in tea production is in response to the unprecedented growth in domestic demand, underpinned by China’s economic growth at an average of 10 percent over the last 30 years.