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Tanzania to increase tea production and consumption
In an attempt to revitalise the tea industry, the government has embarked on measures to increase tea production, which has recently been falling.
The measures include increasing production of quality tea, financing the Tea Board of Tanzania (TBT) to enable it to carry out generic promotions, equipping processing factories with modern technologies and changing citizens’ mindsets on tea.
According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on the trend of tea production, tea yields declined from 32,629 tonnes in 2016 to 26,975 tonnes in 2017.
However, the crop yields increased gradually to 34,010 tonnes and 37,193 tonnes in 2018 and 2019 respectively before falling by 22.8 percent to 28,715 tonnes in 2020.
The NBS statistics show that Tanzania tea earnings declined to Sh73.9 billion in 2020 after increasing steadily from Sh96.9 billion in 2016 to 109 billion in 2017.
The 2020 decline translates to a Sh30.1 billion deficit when compared to Sh104 billion earned in 2019, which is equivalent to 28.9 percent.
The Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) commodities in international markets prices show that by January 2022, one tonne of tea was traded at $2,290 equivalent to Sh5.27 million.
Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT) director, Dr Emmanuel Simbua attributes the price decline to the falling prices in the global market.
The trend didn’t affect Tanzania alone but many other global tea producers. However, inadequate funding to institutions responsible for overseeing tea production and crop prosperity such as the TBT, smallholder farmers, agents as well as the TRIT was another reason,” he says.
Mr Simbua adds that the yields were high in 2019 due to the massive investment in the sector, therefore enabling huge production of tea seedlings, which in turn benefitted large scale producers thanks to the then good prices in the world market.
Dr Simbua says to some extent, low production was caused by reduced funding to the three institutions, therefore affecting crop production.
“There is a direct connection between prices provided by the market and the presence of processing factories in financing farming operations such as procurement of fertilizers, increasing harvesters wages, investing in improved machineries and tea processing infrastructures,” he says.
“When all these things are done, there will definitely be a notable increase in tea production. Reduced funding affects the institutions’ ability to provide inputs, conduct effective research, motivate smallholder farmers’ agencies and the TBT in implementing actual regulations to improve the quality of tea production,” he adds.
Dr Simbua says research done by these institutions shows that the supply of the commodity has significantly increased globally, amidst changes in consumers’ lifestyles that has shifted preferences to other commodities such as cold drinks.
He says the government is now striving to improve the quality of tea by coming up with eight new varieties that will be multiplied and distributed to farmers in order to get high quality tea.
“Efforts are being made to financially empower the TBT in order to carry out generic promotions because since Tanzania exports between 75 percent and 80 percent of its annual production, the country will be hit hard in case of notable changes in the world market,” he notes.
The expert says tea factories have been directed to improve their processing technologies, since most of them are using outdated technologies.
He further says Tanzanians need to be sensitised to change their mindsets in order to increase domestic tea consumption, noting that the existing consumption standing at below 20 percent is unhealthy for the country.
“Large tea producing countries are also large consumers of their own tea, meaning they don’t export in large quantities, which would have been a threat to Tanzania’s tea,” Dr Simbua notes.
He says during the colonial era, tea was introduced as an export crop, a trend that was inherited by Tanzania after independence, instead of building and improving consuming habits.
According to him, the new challenge that makes the situation worse is the ongoing Russian aggression of Ukraine that leaves Tanzania with only the US and some European countries as its tea markets.
“Despite imposed sanctions against Russia, Tanzania needs to secure alternative tea markets focusing on the US and countries that are not traditional tea importers from Tanzania in order to increase flexibility and diversity,” he says. Read More at The Citizen