A tea growing area in northern Thai Nguyen province (Photo VNA)

Thai Nguyen (VNA) –
A tea festival was held in Thai Nguyen city in the northern province of the same name on February 26 to promote special tea products made in Tan Cuong commune.

Chairman of the Thai Nguyen City People’s Committee Le Quang Tien said the city is home to 1,200 hectares of tea with annual average revenue of 250 million VND (11,000 USD) per hectare. In Tan Cuong commune, the earnings from tea reach up to 600-800 million VND per hectare.
Over the past years, the city has assisted tea farmers in seeking markets and attracting foreign investment to develop material production regions and processing industry as well as encouraged them to produce safe tea products.

According to Do Thi Hiep, Director of the Tan Huong tea cooperative in Phuc Xuan commune, the annual festival featured a wide range of activities such as old tea tree parade and tea-making contests.

The event also looks to promote community-based tourism in the region via introducing tea products to domestic and foreign visitors.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said Thai Nguyen tea is famous both at home and abroad, adding that Tan Cuong is a region with special climate and soil for the development of tea trees.

He called on the locality to make the best use of its advantages to create clean and organic products.

Tan Cuong tea possesses an incredibly delicious taste that can mesmerize any tea drinkers including the pickiest ones. 

The tea-making process in Tan Cuong region is very complicated that depends much on the skills of workers to achieve the best quality. Fresh tea buds and leaves after being carefully picked will be dried naturally before wilting. Then people will roast the buds and leaves in a pan with fixed level of temperature until the buds begin to curl up and desiccated. After picking from the trees, green tea buds are stored carefully to ensure the perfect state before delivering to the factory for processing.-VNA