Rwandan tea exports surge in 2017

Rwandan tea exports surged in both volume and revenue last year on the back of favourable weather conditions and the higher global commodity prices. In a new analysis of the tea sector in 2017, the National Agricultural Export Promotion Board (NAEB) said the country earned US$84.3 million from tea exports…

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Ugandan tea producers struggling

Tea producers in Uganda are struggling against a liquidity crisis that is characterised by high operational costs as farmers cannot access affordable capitalisation loans. Mabale Growers Tea Factory Limited Managing Director Roger Siima said despite the booming tea business, financial institutions are not supporting the sector. “We face challenges that…

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Rwanda launches national tea brand to boost competitiveness

The Rwandan National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) has launched a national tea brand that is designed to make its tea products more attractive and distinct from other global tea products. The brand - Rwanda Tea, A Natural Awakening - was launched by Agriculture and Animal Resources Minister Geraldine Mukeshimana at…

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Earthworm tea gives soil life a kickstart

After much trial and error, a businessman at Hermanus, in the Western Cape of South Africa, has developed a method of producing “tea” from earthworm castings on a scale large enough to be used in agriculture. Organic fertilisers and pesticides are not all that popular with farmers because they are inclined…

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