As Myanmar is seeking foreign markets for its tea leaves, about 10 tons of green and dry tea leaves will be exported to Germany soon, said Chairwoman Daw Nyo Nyo Sein of Myanmar Tea Procedures Association.
Majority of tea leaves are grown in northern and southern Shan State, and distinguished into various categories based on taste and quality for local markets, while organic tea leaves are aimed for foreign buyers.
“Local market is a stronghold for both green and dry tea leaves. Foreign consumers have accepted the taste of Myanmar tea leaves. Our association is trying to expand the market in collaboration with tea producers. We have targeted Germany and then other markets for the produce,” Daw Nyo Nyo Sein said.
Germany has agreed to purchase 10 tons of tea leaves, and the delivery is expected near future, she added.
Myanmar has exported organic raw tea leaves to the United States from 17 to 20 tons every year.
“Quality is very important for foreign markets. Myanmar tea leaves should be produced in good quality to get stronger international markets in finding more foreign markets,” she said.
The price for Myanmar tea leaves ranges from US$6 to $10 per kilogram based on the quality.
Daw Ru Par, director of Yathar Wady Company in Mandalay, said “We received positive feedbacks on tea leaves from foreign customers. We are informing at the foreign trade shows that green tea leaves can also be consumed in addition to drinking. As 90 per cent components in tea leaves benefit for health, we have to guarantee for its quality along the supply change from raw to finished products.
(Translated by Aung Khin)By Khine Set Wai