Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East Asia. It is now planted and produced widely in East Africa. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.
Tea in Malawi is mostly produced in the districts of Mulanje and Thyolo in the Southern regions of the country as well as in Nkhata Bay in the North. Nothing beats our tea, it has the best quality on the whole world. Malawian tea is revered and hailed all over the world for its exquisite taste. The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) indicated a massive profit of over $11 million in 2016 alone. Tea estate jobs are considered good jobs in Malawi, paying above the agricultural minimum wage of Malawi and providing a range of other benefits.
The Malawian tea industry dates back to as far ago as 1890 when Europeans still had abodes in Africa. Jonathan Duncan is attributed with consistently trying out a variety of tea seeds in Malawian soils which he obtained from Edinburg. After many futile efforts, he successfully planted two tea trees in 1878 at the Blantyre Mission grounds.
Currently tea is the leading export crop in Kenya. In the world market, Kenya is the third largest producer of black tea after India and Sri Lanka. In 2001, the tea industry turnover was US$ 474 million of which US$ 437 million occurred from export earnings with the balance being the value of locally sold tea. True that but the Kenyan tea farmer is so impoverished. The government and cartels take almost all the earnings from the farmers.
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