China has a major task to carry out in advancing Pakistan’s tea industry, as potentially suitable sites and land for tea cultivation is situated close by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), says a report distributed by Gwadar Pro, citing specialists.
Pakistan has recognized 64,000 hectares of the zone as appropriate for tea cultivation along the CPEC’s course, as indicated by Dr Abdul Waheed, Director of the National Tea and High-Value Crops Research Institute (NTHRI).
Notwithstanding, tea is presently developed on around 200 sections of land in particular. The region of Shinkiari in Mansehra alone creates seven to eight tons of tea every year.
Dr. Abdul Waheed stated: “In the event that we develop tea on 64,000 hectares, Pakistan won’t just act naturally adequate in tea yet in addition trade tea items to different nations”.
Some farmers have already planted tea in different areas, but in most cases, it is a very low percentage due to the very low market demand for green tea leaves from farmers. There are no regulators or controls involved in facilitating farmers planting tea.
They added that China assumes a significant part in advancing tea on a business scale through joint endeavors and specialized and monetary help, as appropriate areas and grounds for tea development line up with CPEC.
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