Loans provided to Uganda tea growers.
The surge in production is a result of an earlier government intervention to revamp the collapsed industry. It has trained farmers and supplied them with free high-yielding tea clones developed in Kericho, Kenya.
The government will provide $1.5 million to build a two-line processing plant and finance constructing a third line at Igara Tea Growers in Bushenyi District, to increase capacity from 55,000 kg of green leaf a day to 75,000 kg.
The smallholder tea sector in Uganda produces about eight million kilos of tea representing about 20% of the country's total tea production. Overall, 24,000 hectares of land is under tea in Uganda.
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|Title Annotation:||World News: Coffee and Tea Reports from the Front Line|
|Comment:||Loans provided to Uganda tea growers.(World News: Coffee and Tea Reports from the Front Line)|
|Publication:||Tea & Coffee Trade Journal|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2009|
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