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| NEWSMAKER – Theophord Cosmas Ndunguru, Director General, Tanzania Smallholders Tea Development Agency, Dar es Salaam
| FEATURED – As Director General, Theophord C. Ndunguru is the voice of the Tanzania Smallholders Tea Development Agency (TSHTDA), but he also has their ear. In October, I traveled to Dar es Salaam to talk with Theophord and fellow members of the Tea Board of Tanzania to better understand the state of tea smallholders. Today’s report is an excerpt from our discussion.
Tanzania Tea Confronts an Array of Challenges with Zeal – Tanzania is the third-largest tea producer in Africa. Smallholders farm 48% of the country’s 23,800 hectares under tea. Data from the Tea Board of Tanzania (TBT) estimates that 32,000 tea smallholders collectively produce about 40% of the country’s green leaf. The economy in this country of 68 million is mainly agrarian. There are approximately 3.7 smallholdings of 2.2 hectares or less. “The tea industry in Tanzania is currently going through several challenges and constraints. But the government of Tanzania has started taking very strong and robust measures to make sure that all these challenges are sorted out,” says Ndunguru.
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