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Burundi tea industry boosting economy

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By GLV Correspondent

Bujumbura-Burundi earned 39 percent more from exports of tea in the first 11 months of this year as volumes and prices increased, the state-run Burundi Tea Board said.

Export earnings from January through November climbed to $18 million, from dollar;13 million a year earlier, Remy Ndayininahaze, the head of the board’s export department, said.

Adding that, shipments increased 7.7 percent to 7,000 metric tons, he said.

The country may earn as much as 20 million from tea exports this year, compared with dollar; 15 million last year, Ndayininahaze told the media.

“The yields are better this year because we had more rains,” he said. “Export prices were much better this year compared to 2009.”

Burundi relies on tea for half its export revenue. Crio yields in the Central African country are recovering after slumping from 9,001 tons in 2001 because of an insurgency that displaced small-scale farmers who account for 80 percent of the crop, according to the board.

Production in the 11 months through November grew 11 percent to 7,300 tons, Ndayininahaze said. Output this year may reach 8,000 tons, compared with 7,500 tons in 2009-2010, he said.

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