The Tea Association of Malawi has singled out overproduction and low tea prices in the East African Region as key factors affecting the growth of the tea industry in Malawi.
Tea prices in the recent past have averaged less than two dollars, a development which is expected to deteriorate if producers and buyers do not agree on better prices.
Tea Association of Malawi Chief Executive Officer Beyani Munthali points out the need to attract manufacturers who may help to improve prices in the country’s tea industry.
“We have producers who are at the moment adding value to the tea that we have, but that is not enough. We need more manufacturers who can help improve tea prices,” Munthali says.
The country’s tea earnings have seriously tumbled from forty US$ 8 million after exporting 43 million kilograms in 2006 to around US$14 million in 2014 after exporting the same amount of kilograms due to low prices
Tea in Malawi is produced in the southern region districts of Mulanje and Thyolo.