Nepal

World Tea Expo Country Tour: Tea Producing Countries’ Points of Pride

Every tea producing country has location and terroir characteristics that influence plant composition and make its tea taste unique. These distinguishing characteristics have become points of pride for each country. Here are some details that give each country’s tea its own flavor profile. China China’s tea industry has evolved to include the old mixing...

Festival Builds Momentum for Nepal Tea Trade

KATHMANDU, Nepal Nepal signed several national initiatives last week that will further open the landlocked nation to trade. These include a new rail line linking Kathmandu to India, opening inland waterways essential to moving bulk products, and normalizing cross-border commerce. The third Nepal International Tea Festival concluded Sunday with a boost in momentum for...

Nepali Tea Gets New Trademark

After more than 150 years of tea production, Nepal is to get its own logo, or trademark, for its orthodox tea. The trademark will be unveiled in late March at the country’s third International Tea Festival. It is a result of considerable efforts of the Nepal Tea and Coffee Development Board under the Ministry...

Countries Seek Export Growth from Branding

Rwanda is the most recent of several tea lands branding their country as a source of exceptional leaf. In November, officials said the newly designated Rwanda Tea brand “will empower and inspire tea value chain stakeholders to conserve and value” the nation’s natural heritage. Agricultural Minister Geraldine Mukeshimana told KT Press that working together...

Monsoon Floods Douse Tea Production

Tea-growing regions in Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh are suffering staggering losses due to flooding that has killed at least 1,200 people among the 16 million displaced in Southeast Asia. Two weeks of incessant rainfall has turned the Brahmaputra River basin into a quagmire with millions of tea bushes underwater. As of Aug. 30,...

Nepali Tea Growers Fill Darjeeling Void

As the price of Darjeeling tea quadrupled and with the tea in short supply, Nepal has sent as much as 2.5 million kilos of tea across its southern border in the past few weeks. To reduce the cost of acquiring tea for blending, India has a free trade agreement with Nepal. This means gardens...

Torrential Rains Cut Tea Production

Unrelenting rains have precipitated a crisis in the tea lands of India where 59 have perished. Flooding in Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and West Bengal has displaced more than 5 million people. Gurgaon streets were not passable in the Delhi region and Tamil Nadu in the south is braced for flooding as rains in Karnataka...

Darjeeling Hopes to Halt Nepal Imports

India has always been a primary market for loose leaf tea from Nepal. A century ago the demarcation between Nepal and India was of little or no concern to growers who brought their leaves to the nearest factory for processing. Today friction is building between India and Nepal over provisions of the Indo-Nepal Free...

Recent Developments in Nepal

By Samantha Molineaux-Graham Nepali orthodox tea is considered some of the finest in the world, however its availability outside its own borders is extremely restricted. As one of the world’s poorest countries, Nepal simply doesn’t have the infrastructure to effectively manage a profitable export business. Growers possess less-than-adequate marketing and distribution expertise and have...