Tea plantation – facts behind it:
You may be amazed to know that, as early as five thousand years’ ago, man discovered tea. It was the Chinese, who discovered tea in its wild form. As there was no organised tea plantation during those early days, tea was unknown to most of other parts of the world. However this was not true for few places in Asia which included present day Assam and few other regions in South East Asia. The people here knew something about tea, as they would see wild tea trees growing in their vicinity.
With time, tea started to gain popularity as a beverage, particularly in Europe. As the popularity of tea was rising in Europe, demand also rose to a new height. Now the suppliers were facing a big challenge – to meet the ever increasing demand of tea from their customers.
During those days, China was a total monopoly, if you talk tea. So it is no surprise that both the British and the Dutch, would try their best to find alternate source of supply. But they also knew that as there were no such places on earth during those days, they would have to create that on their own. So they finalised their agenda- first, find a suitable place for tea plantation and then begin tea plantation from scratch. Though seemed an uphill task, they felt, there was no alternative to this, by which they could end their total dependence on Chinese tea and eventually break the Chinese monopoly.
A new era in tea plantation
The British ultimately could taste success in their venture. Against all odds, the East India Company started tea plantation in Assam successfully, the first ever outside the geographic limit of Chinese mainland. Since then, the winning spree of the tea industry continued and now you could see tea is planted everywhere, in almost all continents in the globe. Now, with passing of time, tea plantation is spreading to newer areas and we can see a thriving tea industry in most of the places.
Effect of technology:
With dedicated research works, the tea scientists have introduced new technologies in the field of tea production. The producers are successfully applying those modern techniques into tea production and ripping their benefits. Now a days, planters use high yield tea cultivars and varieties by which they have successfully brought in a new era in the field of tea cultivation. All in all, these factors have enhanced the productivity in the industry. As a result of this, the quality and variety of made tea have also improved significantly. Now you will see how the hard working tea growers, with proper use of information technology, have improvised the concept of tea production and marketing.
A sustainable eco-friendly model:
The new age tea growers also have dedicated a significant part of their effort for developing a sustainable, eco-friendly model for tea production. Many growers now specialise in producing various types of handmade specialty teas which they grow in an organic or natural way. So options before a tea lover like you now are without limits. Perhaps you may want to have a glimpse of the latest tea scenario by reading the articles avalable here.
There are so many countries in the world that produce tea and some of them even exports. You may want to know about the countries which are the biggest tea exporters and producers. You would also like to know as well, where the tea growing areas are situated in India, the second largest tea producer in the world. If you have some interest, you would be able to learn here how to do tea plant management for maximum productivity or how to manage tea garden soils for getting a higher production. From the following topic you will know something about tea plant and harvesting seasons etc.
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Tea exporters and tea growing countries – the top 15:
Many of us know China, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka are the top tea exporters and producers in the world. But…….
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Tips for tea plant management for a healthy plantation
Tea plant management is the most important aspect of tea plantation. If we allow it to grow naturally, tea will become a medium type tree. Manufacturers…..
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What is tea pruning and skiffing?
Pruning is a process, by which the planter selectively removes parts of a plant like the branches, roots or buds. Thus, Tea pruning is a horticultural practice which the tea planters widely use to keep the plants in ideal shape…..
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Tips for management of tea garden soils
In plantations whether new or existing, tea plants are supposed to be a perennial crop. It lasts for at least …….
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Know about the tea growing areas in India
The most prominent among the tea growing areas in India is Assam. It produces the most famous Assam tea brand. Assam region is……
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Tea plant variety and harvesting season
The plant has two main species. In botanical terminology they are known as a. Camellia sinensis var. sinensis and b. Camellia sinensis var. assamica. These names……
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