Mozambique is keen to rope in India’s expertise to develop its tea industry. A delegation from the African country, led by its Agriculture Minister, met representatives of the industry as well as the Tea Board of India and sought co-operation “to help Mozambique tea reach its full potential”. An Indian delegation would visit the country soon to explore opportunities.
Mozambique Agriculture Minister Jose Pachecho, who was here on Monday, said that the tea industry in his country was facing the challenges on productivity, quality and demand fronts. He said that although Mozambique tea had witnessed good international demand in the past, presently the country had lost its position as it had failed to adapt itself to the requirements of the market.
Tea Board Chairman M G V K Bhanu said that India was the undisputed global leader for 28 per cent of the global production, in black tea production. He felt that there was scope for the industry’s development in Mozambique as the climate was suitable. “We could have an exchange programme of scientists,” he said. Secretary General of Indian Tea Association Monojit Dasgupta apprised the members of the evolving small growers’ segment in India, which contributes close to 28 per cent of tea production.