An aromatic beverage papered by fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis is the second most widely consumed beverage worldwide after water. The global tea production amounted to around 6.1 million metric tons. Among all the tea producers’ countries China, Sri Lanka, Kenya, India, and Indonesia are the main tea producers based on the production volume. The Estimated size of the Global Tea Market in 2025 is 266.7 BN USD.
Nepal is a traditional tea-growing country with a history of cultivation that started in 1863 from the gifted seeds by the Chinese Emperor to de facto ruler Prime Minister Jung BahadurRana. These tea saplings were planted by establishing Ilam Tea Estate in eastern Nepal which is still productive at the age of 157 years. It is also believed that the tea plantation in Nepal was started within the same decade when it was introduced in the Darjeeling hills of India. Today tea plantation has reached 23-25 district of Nepal whereas, Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, and Dhankuta are the center place of tea production.
As per the data by NTCBD, the total production of Nepal tea is: 23745901 Kg out of which orthodox tea is 7168255 kg and the number of small tea producers: is 14039 kg
Nepal orthodox tea is produced and processed in the mountainous regions of Nepal at an altitude ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level. Nepalese tea plantation goes higher than in any part of the world. Talking about flavor and aroma, they are no different, but we have a lot of small farmers and likewise, it comes with a lot of varieties with their tea-making passion, arts, and traditional method, Yet, the world consumer hardly knows about Nepalese teas.
Nepalese tea is yet in the process to make our own identity. Exclusive teas made by art and nature in a landlocked nation thrive alone for a sustainable economy for the farmers. All the businesses involved in the import and export of Nepalese tea in the past did not seem to invent the idea. But one best things it has been able to attract a small portion of world buyers is now these small farmers have perfected the art of tea, and they, themselves, are on the lookout, searching for their own identity, "Nepal Tea, Quality From Himalayas ."
One of the high-value agricultural products with significant export potential to foreign markets is orthodox tea. Nepal's temperature, soil, and topography are ideal for producing orthodox tea with great flavor, aroma, and taste at a profit. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the trends in production, annual growth rate, export and import, and prospects of Nepali orthodox tea. Results indicated that there is a rising trend in tea output, with an average annual growth rate of 9.55%. Despite having many opportunities in both internal and foreign markets, the nation only produces a small amount of conventional tea. In addition, 90% of all produced orthodox tea was imported, mostly to India, which has been one of the reasons why it hasn't been able to get the highest premium in comparison.
As an organization working for small farmers, our motive is to search equal market as our producers.