Expert’s message to tea farmers 

Mr Edwin Atukunda Beekunda and his boys preparing for planting.

  • “In commercial tea plantation, the planter keeps the plant in the form of a bush with flat surface. He keeps the plant in this shape in order to keep the plucking easy, and also to stimulate development of more new shoots.”

Zombo – With rain expected to fall better in coming month[s], farmers are encouraged to prepare their gardens early enough. For tea farmers, this is the right time for you to be busy in your gardens – this in an expert view from Mr Edwin Atukunda Beekunda – a tea specialist with more than 20 years of experience.

“Like now, people should be preparing for the first rain of March, this time we encourage tea farmers to start clearing bushes, spraying will be next; the pegging, hole making, the planting will be successful,” Mr Atukunda – who’s also the Director, Edwin Foundation Tea Initiative [EFOTI Limited] currently building the capacity of tea farmers in northern Uganda says.

He added: “We don’t want to continue doing the same mistakes done before EFOTI Limited’s intervention. Planning is the best tool we need in everything.”

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“While harvest money is for mostly in food crops and value addition, Edwin and EFOTI Limited are on something different. Time for planting tea; tea farmers are advised to respect time for planting,” he advised.

Favorable climate conditions for tea

The tea plantation needs a reasonably hot climate with reasonable humidity. Climatic condition has a great impact on the crop distribution. It also impacts the quality and quantity of the harvest. Therefore, while planning tea plantation in a new area, never forget to consider the climatic condition of the area. This is one of the most important aspect of tea plantation.

A well managed tea plants look like this one. Courtesy photo

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