|Farmers harvest tea at Đồng Hỷ District in the northern province of Thái Nguyên, which is one of the provinces growing tea for export. — VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Kỳ
HÀ NỘI — About 14,200 tonnes of Vietnamese tea, worth over US$22.5 million, was shipped to Taiwan between January and September, marking a year-on-year increase of 6.1 per cent in volume and 8.3 per cent in value.
Taiwan’s tea imports exceeded 24,000 tonnes worth $60 million in the nine-month period.
Taiwan mostly purchases green tea from Việt Nam and Japan, with the amount from Việt Nam accounting for 84.1 per cent of the total import.
According to Chairman of the Vietnam Tea Association Nguyễn Hữu Tài, Việt Nam has 125,000 hectares of tea farms, mainly in the northern provinces of Thái Nguyên, Hà Giang, Phú Thọ, Tuyên Quang and Yên Bái, and the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng.
He said Việt Nam has the world’s second largest area producing tea, behind China. The country consumes 45,000 tonnes of tea a year and exports 145,000 tonnes, achieving revenue of $245 million. — VNS