Festival promotes Thai Nguyen tea products

Thursday, 2017-02-09 11:46:22
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The annual Spring Tea Festival opens in the city of Thai Nguyen on February 8.
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NDO/VNA—The annual Spring Tea Festival was opened in the city of Thai Nguyen, capital of the northern province of the same name, on the 12th day of the first lunar month (February 8), drawing crowds of domestic and foreign visitors.

The event comprises numerous activities, including parading old tea trees and tea-drying contests.

Tea is a strategic product of Thai Nguyen. Over the past 20 years, tea trees have provided high economic value and jobs for tens of thousands of labourers. Thai Nguyen tea in general and Tan Cuong tea in particular have been household names in Vietnam since old times.

Currently, the province has nearly 1,500ha of tea-growing area, producing 19,000 tonnes of fresh tea buds per year, generating VND180 million per hectare per year.

Over the past five years, the locality has made efforts to expand the market for its tea products and to attract foreign investment in tea farming and processing, while encouraging local farmers to produce safe tea and improve the quality of their tea.

Nine cooperatives in Phuc Xuan, Phuc Triu and Tan Cuong Communes and Thai Nguyen City have been granted certificates for their safe tea products, with the involvement of nearly 300 households farming on a combined area of 110ha.

In order to promote the Tan Cuong trademark of local tea, the Thai Nguyen Province People’s Committee has designated the Tan Cuong tea-growing area a tourism site, which spreads across the six communes of Tan Cuong, Phuc Triu, Phuc Xuan, Thinh Duc, Quyet Thang and Phuc Ha.

According to Vice Chairman of the Thai Nguyen City People’s Committee Quan Chi Cong, the city will continue to implement a project to promote the Tan Cuong trademark, with the annual Spring Tea Festival being part of the effort.