Government advised to boost tea sector

An agricultural expert has appealed to government to look into better ways of boosting the tea industry which is among crops has the potential to become the country’s next green gold crop.

Tamani Nkhono Mvula made call while commenting on the performance of the tea crop on the market which has done considerably well despite there being bottlenecks mainly from Covid-19.

According to the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s August monthly economic review in the second quarter of the year beginning April to June Tea fetched higher export earnings as compared to last year during the same period.

However, this coming from a background of slightly lower productions output levels this year compared to last due to the pandemic.

Mvula, said tea is proven performer hence government should find lucrative ways that will enhance productivity and in long run generate more revenue from the crop.

“Tea is crop that if currently upscaled to ensure that the losses in revenue that are being made with tobacco are being regained,” he said.

Mvula further advised that there is a need to look into better ways of developing the areas in which the crop is grown to maximize production.

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