Cultivation Of Green Tea Is A Lucrative Business For The Folks Of Samcholing, Bhutan

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The local elders said that the green tea was first brought to Bhutan by the Second Druk Gyalpo.

(Source: Bhutan - Trips)

 

By Passang | BBS

The cultivation of green tea is becoming a lucrative business for the people of Samcholing in Trongsa.

The Samchholing Green Tea Cooperative said that with the yield getting better by the year, the business is picking up well. Today, there are about 47 acres of land in the Drakteng Gewog allocated for green tea plantation.

The Samchholing Green Tea Cooperative has 27 members currently. Last year, they produced about 8,000 packets of green tea. This year, they are expecting to produce about 2,000 packets more. A packet of green tea, which weighs 60 grams, is sold at Nu 150.

 

Source: Bhutan Natural

 

“I made about Nu 50,000 last year and this year I am expecting to earn about Nu 60, 000,” Tshewang Lhamo, one of the members said.

More about the cultivation of green tea in Samcholing

It takes about three years to raise the green tea plant and it is expected to yield for about 20 years. The harvesting season normally starts from April and ends in September.

The members said that the yield from each plant increases annually. This year, the members revealed that each plant gave them 20 to 30 packets of tea more from the previous years.

The cooperative carries out the processing and packaging from their three-storey green tea house. They market their green tea to other dzongkhags in the country.

Advantages of cultivating green tea

Also, the farmers added that cultivating the tea is much easier than tending to other crops. “We do not have to worry about wild animals damaging the plants,” Tshewang Lhamo said.

The local elders said that the green tea was first brought to Bhutan by the Second Druk Gyalpo.

Scientifically known as Camellia Sinensis, it was first said to have been planted near the Samchholing palace. It was more for personal use back then.

 

This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.


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