Azer­bai­jani tea gains pop­u­lar­ity in Ukraine

Azer News - - Business - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

aea, an aro­matic bev­er­age loved by many na­tions, is also a part of the Azer­bai­jani cul­ture. This drink is ap­pre­ci­ated al­most in all coun­tries, since it quenches thirst, helps in the preven­tion of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases and, as sci­en­tists say, it is much bet­ter than wa­ter com­pen­sates the fluid in the body and con­tains an­tiox­i­dants.

For the first time, small tea plan­ta­tions yielded crops at the end of the 19th cen­tury in the South Cau­ca­sus re­gion of Azer­bai­jan, but the devel­op­ment of lo­cal tea grow­ing started only in 1932.

The ne­ces­sity of grow­ing tea in the hu­mid re­gions on the coast of Azer­bai­jan’s Caspian Sea coast was first raised in the 1880s and 1890s; the Lankaran-As­tara re­gion at­tracted at­ten­tion and was as­sessed pos­i­tively in terms of tea-grow­ing, thanks to its fa­vor­able hu­mid sub­trop­i­cal cli­mate.

In Azer­bai­jan tea is mainly grown in the Lankaran-As­tara re­gion. This is an area of some 5,330 sq. km. and in­cludes As­tara, Lankaran, Masalli, Lerik, Yardimli and Jalil­abad re­gions. Tea is grown in the first four of these re­gions.

About 91 per­cent of tea pro­duc­tion in Azer­bai­jan falls to the share of Lankaran. For the fur­ther devel­op­ment of this in­dus­try, a draft law "State Pro­gram for the Devel­op­ment of Tea In­dus­try in Azer­bai­jan in 2017-2026" is be­ing de­vel­oped.

More­over, the state pro­vides en­trepreneurs with con­ces­sional loans for the devel­op­ment of tea grow­ing. So, en­trepreneurs, work­ing in this in­dus­try, as a whole were granted a soft loan in the amount of 10.7 mil­lion man­ats ($6.33 mil­lion).

As­tarachay LLC was es­tab­lished in 2010. Raw ma­te­ri­als used for the pro­duc­tion of dry tea are har­vested only from the plan­ta­tions of the As­tara and Lankaran re­gions. The fac­tory, the ter­ri­tory of which is 5 hectares, in­stalled the lat­est equip­ment im­ported from abroad. The pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity of the fac­tory is 10 tons of green tea per day.

Azer­bai­jan has be­come the largest tea pro­ducer among the CIS coun­tries. This ap­plies not only to black tea va­ri­eties, but also to green ones. But the mar­kets of for­eign coun­tries are still to be won by Azer­bai­jani tea, while it is pop­u­lar only at home, de­spite its orig­i­nal taste.

Azer­bai­jan is tak­ing steps to pro­mote its aro­matic and high qual­ity tea abroad and one of such ex­am­ples is the in­crease of the num­ber of check­points in the sale of Azer­bai­jani tea in Ukraine.

Cur­rently, there are 24 sales points in Ukraine for the sale of Azer­bai­jani tea, Az­er­tac re­ported.

The ma­jor­ity of the sales points are lo­cated in Kiev and Kharkov cities. In Kiev, There are 15 points in Kiev and 4-in Kharkov. The num­ber of the sales points will be in­creased in the near fu­ture.

Azer­bai­jan is con­sid­ered one of the main trade part­ners of Ukraine among the CIS coun­tries with the trade turnover be­tween amounted to $334.18 mil­lion in 2016, $44.4 mil­lion of which ac­counted for the ex­port from Ukraine.

Main goods im­ported from Ukraine to Azer­bai­jan re­mains as mainly me­tal­lurgy prod­ucts, ma­chine build­ing prod­ucts, agro-in­dus­trial prod­ucts, and chem­i­cal in­dus­try prod­ucts. While main goods ex­ported from Azer­bai­jan to Ukraine are gen­er­ally prod­ucts of fuel en­ergy in­dus­try, chem­i­cal in­dus­try prod­ucts, and agro-in­dus­trial prod­ucts.

The coun­try plans to open its sec­ond Trade House in Ukraine, while the first was opened in Be­laru­sian cap­i­tal Minsk this May.

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