Nepal

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...