Tanzania’s Tea Production May Increase to Record on New Factory

Tanzania, Africa’s fourth-largest tea producer, may boost output to a record next year after a new factory is built, the Tanzania Tea Board said.

Production of the leaves may increase to 36 million kilograms (79 million pounds) in the 12 months through June 30, 2013, from 34 million to 35 million kilograms this fiscal year, Director-General Mathias Assenga said today by phone from Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital. A new factory is being built in southern Tanzania with the capacity to process 1.5 million kilograms of tea a year, he said.

“It is supplies from this factory which may boost output because production factors may remain the same next season,” Assenga said.

Tanzania’s tea output ranks behind Kenya, Malawi and Uganda on the continent, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization. Four-fifths of the leaves are sold to buyers from the U.K., Germany, India and the United Arab Emirates. Tanzania’s previous record crops was 35 million kilograms in the 2007-08 season, Assenga said.

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