Tea Production Development in Guria
Tea production in the Georgian region of Guria has a labour-intensive hand plucking tradition, which is a good basis for special and hand-made teas and can be valued up to three times more compared to the conventional black tea. However, the current system is based on an old inefficient machinery for drying and rolling tea leaves and due to the high competition in the international markets, this does not provide sufficient salaries for its workers.
The project aims to enhance the local capacity in special and handmade organic tea production and to contribute to a more sustainable development of the region. By using renewable energy technologies such as the solar tea leaves dryer, capacity-building in the area of organic tea production and production of special types of tea, both the efficiency and salaries are expected to increase, while CO2 emissions and energy consumption should reduce by 30%.
The project is managed by Petr Sič, a product development expert in tea production, post-production, tea tasting, trading, and marketing.
SDGs relevant to the project: