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Supporting our organic farmers

Our tea is carefully picked, pressed and packaged by our teams in Myanmar. We’re pleased to share some of the ways we look out for our organic community.

Our dedication lies in the development and empowerment of our employees in Myanmar. We place a strong emphasis on equipping them with expertise in health and safety, HACCP, and GMP. Capacity building is at the core of our approach, with a holistic training programme covering organic farming, including all aspects of cultivation, harvesting, and pruning. It is a commitment that extends to supporting small-scale farmers through various initiatives.

  • Enhancing agricultural practices, including mulching, pruning, and soil erosion management
  • Implementing climate-smart techniques such as efficient water use and planting shade trees
  • Assisting farmers in obtaining certifications, providing extension support and guidance
  • Promoting gender equality through women’s empowerment and financial training
  • Offering farming facilities during crucial periods, interest-free loans to employees, and microfinance to farmers
  • Establishing a fermented tea HACCP model factory in our project area

HOW IT’S MADE

Behind the scenes

A lot goes into the making of our tea. In the past, it was a labour-intensive process beginning with wet tea. Green tea leaves were put into a plastic sack, then added to boiling water and pressed with a wooden block. The leaves were then placed on the floor and cooled, before being placed on a leaf rack. Finally, they were bagged and pressed by foot to thicken and seal.

oday, thanks to technology, things are a lot simpler. Organic farmers now sell raw organic tea leaves to factories in the Myazedi and Alall Chaung villages, where the green tea leaves are steamed with modern methods. For our Paline products, this means using advanced machinery for hygienic processing. The blended green tea leaves are placed on racks and air-cooled, before being placed on rollers for an exact amount of time. The result? Perfectly rolled green tea leaves.

EMPLOYMENT

A sense of community

Our tea wouldn’t exist without the passion and dedication of our organic farmers, and we’re committed to increasing opportunities for women in particular. In Myanmar, it works like a community – groups of farmers sell tea to the organic factory in the local village, often run by their own family members. Teams are set up in each village to harvest the organic green tea, and as more family members gain access to employment opportunities, so our wonderful tea community grows. Organic tea farmer groups have now been set up in Mya Thein Tan, Allal Chaung, Mya Zay Ti and Mya Aye Ti villages in Ywangan Township, southern Shan State.

SUPPORT

Taking care of our staff

It used to be common for tea brokers to visit villages to buy their tea, but this all changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Luckily, the organic tea community buys tea from farmers throughout the year to make sure they continue to receive a steady income in difficult times. In addition, we provide training, GMP and HAACP certification funding, new equipment and annual health and education support for our farmers. For their own personal use, they also receive rice, oil and instant tea bags.