Some of the 40 delegates attending the first-ever East African Tea Convention went on Tuesday (19 January) to Mityana to visit tea plantations and factories.
Some of the 40 delegates attending the first-ever East African Tea Convention went on Tuesday (19 January) to Mityana to visit tea plantations and factories. The conference was opened in Kampala on Monday (18 January).
The delegates arrived in Mityana by coach, some 50 miles (approx. 80 kms) from Kampala. They toured the Kakonde Tea Factory, examining tea processing machines and studying and tasting various types of tea plants.
The delegates also saw tea pickers at work at the plantations of the East African Tea Estates, a few miles (kms) from the Kakonde Factory.
Among the delegates visiting Kakonde were directors of British and American tea companies.
Britain has sent a 15-strong delegation to the convention. Seven people represent the United States and there are four Canadians. Other countries represented at the convention are Holland, Ireland, Switzerland, West Germany and the United Arab Republic.
The convention is sponsored by the East African Tea Trade Association, with the co-operation of the Tea Boards of Uganda and Kenya, and the Tanzanian Tea Authority. The convention aims to focus the attention of leading tea importers on the quality of tea produced in East Africa.
The delegates will spend nearly two weeks visiting the tea growing areas Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. They will meet in Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam.