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Black Sea tea fields
Author: Maciej Moskwa Blog / 10 February, 2014 / Age: 5 yrs

Tea cultivation was introduced in Georgia in 1833. From the beginning crop had an experiential character. After the Second World War, Georgia being a part of the USSR became a major producer of tea supplied to the domestic market. In 1958, to the surprise of engineers from the west  the harvesting machines started to operate  on Georgian plantations. In the 80's market began to collapse, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union tea industry in Georgia was plunged into crisis. Currently Georgian tea producers are in the process of improving production technology. Local manufacturers want to gain Western markets, where high-quality tea can reach fifteen times higher prices than low quality drought sold to the former republics of the Soviet Union.

Photographs: Maciej Moskwa / TESTIGO.pl

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