Tea farming has contributed to the export worth Rs 38 million.
Of the total 27,500 hectares of land covered by tea farming, more than one third of the total tea gardens are concentrated in Jhapa district, according to the National Tea and Coffee Development Board.
Jhapa produces the highest amount of tea in terms of district- wise production- up to 18 million kilograms of tea out of the total 28 million kilograms produced in Nepal, said Indra Prasad Adhikari, Chief of the Board. He also stated that districts in the Province no. 1 contribute almost 99 per cent of the total tea production in the country.
Nepali Tea Quality from the Himalaya, a trademark of Nepali orthodox tea produced in the hilly region of Nepal, is issued from the government of Nepal. And, preparation of issuing a trademark for the CTC tea grown in Jhapa is in the final stage, said Adhikari.
A total of 68 large-scale tea industries including 38 CTC and 30 orthodox tea producing industries are being operated in Nepal while more than 150 small companies are processing orthodox tea.
More than 70,000 people are benefited with direct employment in tea production and 15,000 plus small farmers are engaged in tea farming, according to the Board.