BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundian Second Vice-President Joseph Butore Monday launched the
east African country’s first-ever green tea production at a tea factory in the
Cibitoke province, northwestern Burundi.
The launch at
Buhoro tea factory coincided with the launch of the third edition of the week
dedicated to tea in Burundi.
“This is the
first time that Burundi will produce green tea. We will be able to produce green
tea for export and consumers of green tea at the local level will have better
health,” said Butore.
him, tea is very important in Burundi as it is the second cash crop bringing
foreign currencies to the east African nation after coffee.
sector generates a lot of employment, said Butore, adding that over 60,000
households in Burundi live on tea farming and production whereas the Burundi Tea
Company alone hired 1,000 fulltime employees, with over 4,000 part-time
the Burundian government through the agriculture ministry committed to boost the
tea flavor and production by rehabilitating tea plantations.
He added that
the government has also committed to produce both the black and green tea
varieties in order to diversify products for export.
five tea factories located in five different provinces, according to Burundi Tea