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Phu Tho (VNA) - The northern province of Phu Tho plans to spend 118 billion VND (more than 5 million USD) on developing the tea sector to improve the productivity and quality of local tea products.

Vice Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Tu Anh said tea is one of the locality’s key industrial plants.

Phu Tho will focus on restructuring the tea industry to improve effectiveness and sustainably develop links between production, processing and consumption; and applying new technologies in production while diversifying products, thus increasing the value of products and income for local farmers.

The province is currently ranked fourth in terms of area and third in tea output among tea producing localities across Vietnam.

In 2018, the province's tea plantation area was 16,200 ha and production of fresh tea bud was estimated at nearly 173 thousand tonnes.

Phu Tho is home to 59 large scale tea processing establishments, with capacity of at least 1 tonne of fresh buds per day, and more than 1,280 smaller ones.

The locality has 15 craft villages and eight tea production and processing cooperatives. It is building some green tea brands such as Bao Long tea, Ha Trang tea, and Phu Ho tea.

Phu Tho has suitable soil and climate conditions to develop tea. The tea growing area in the locality has been increasing, while the quality of tea has been improved.

The locality has also paid attention to raising public awareness of food safety in producing tea, and asking them to strictly abide by new cultivation techniques. -VNA