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Tea Biz News and Insight - July 1, 2022

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HEAR THE HEADLINES – China Eases Travel Restrictions | Sri Lanka Crisis Worsens | Sustainability Survey Reveals the Tea Industry’s Cautious Optimism 

| GUESTS – Nigel D’Souza, Dejoo Tea Estate, and Niraj Mani Chourasia, Nonaipara Tea Estate

| FEATURE INTRO – This week, Tea Biz travels to the vast tea estates of Assam, India, where a high incidence of fatal encounters among tea workers interacting with elephants, leopards, and snakes led two Goodricke Group senior managers – who are avid wildlife photographers – to capture animal behavior as situational awareness is critical in avoiding human-animal conflicts.

Avoiding Human-Animal Conflict – Two tea estate managers who are avid nature photographers use their astounding images and teaching to educate garden workers and residents to effectively anticipate animal behavior and avoid conflicts with elephants, leopards, and snakes. A World Wildlife Fund study in the Sonitpur district (Assam) reported 206 human fatalities and 131 elephant fatalities between 1996 and 2009, with more than half the deaths on tea estates. Between 2010 and 2021, 175 people and 73 elephants died in the Udalguri district in Assam.

The Tea Biz podcast delivers tea news that you need to know, a recap of the week's major headlines, with commentary and cultural trends. Hosted by Dan Bolton. It is the voice of origin for tea professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. Think of us as a digital caravan of storytellers, bringing authentic, authoritative and exclusive stories to you weekly from the tea lands. Hello everyone here. This week's headlines China eases travel restrictions, the Sri Lanka crisis worsens and a sustainability survey reveals the tea industry's cautious optimism. More in a minute, but first this important message. What makes a Perfect Cup of Ceylon tea? The Perfect Cup is from the tea businesses that ensure the protection of all the children living within their tea estates. We Salute Kailani Valley, Talawakily Boga, Wanthal Awa, Harana and Elliptia tea estates support Save the Children Sri Lanka. China announced an easing of travel restrictions that will enable tea buyers to more conveniently visit the world's largest tea producing country. China's Health Commission on Tuesday reduced quarantines for inbound travelers to seven days in a state run facility, followed by self monitoring at home or hotel for three days. The advisory cuts mandatory isolation and facilities by half from fourteen days, but is unlikely to lead to the complete elimination of quarantines. President Jevine offended zero covid as the most effective economic approach this week.

China is capable of achieving a final victory, he announced on a recent trip to Juhan, where the virus first appeared. Prior to the pandemic, tea buyers from every consuming country traveled often to China for a week to fourteen days, visiting brokers, exporters, tea markets and growers on their farms. The imposition of a twenty one day isolation period in and a later requirement that inbound visitors be restricted to quarantine facilities virtually eliminated in person business. Instead, the tea industry adapted by hosting Webinars, remote tastings and increased sampling. Tea Associations and fairs were conducted virtually buyers with longstanding relay relationships were able to conduct business as in past years, but travel restrictions inhibited retailers from establishing new sources and made it difficult for tea gardens to expand their clientele. Far More troubling for wholesalers, importers and exporters, where COVID's impact on maintaining inventory, reliable delivery and the significant increase in shipping expenses in rural areas in Sri Lalca, India and Africa, initial ad hoc lockdowns have evolved into practical guidelines, often resulting in more frequent rounds and greater yield. In Iran and Azerbaijan, travel restrictions prevented migrant workers from harvesting tea and encouraged workers to devote themselves full time to the tea fields business inside. Wholesalers and retailers expect sourcing via the Internet...

...will never eliminate buying trips. Consumers, on the other hand, favor buying online, often ordering tea direct from the farm. Proprietary research from the online platform podium reveals that, since the pandemic of local retailers say they are spending more on their digital presence than ever before. Tarloka this week halted sales of non essential fuel for two weeks. Cooking gas is in short supply and food inflation exceeds fifty seven. Foreign currency reserves are depleted. The country has defaulted on fifty one billion in foreign debt and the devaluation of the national currency is severe. Citizens are asked to remain in their homes, where few can earn a daily wage. Nightly protests are grow wing as middle class doctors, bankers, lawyers and educators joined desperate farmers and trade workers in the streets, where several people have been killed and three hundred were injured last month. The disruption to the tea industry is extensive, as factories must operate on limited schedules and workers struggled to transport the harvest. The United Nations World Food Program reports that of Sri Lanka's population, mainly rural and primarily agricultural, are, quote, food insecure and in need of assistance. End Quote. Malnutrition is rising. Shel Aka's prime minister told lawmakers the economy had quote completely collapsed and in seeking a three billion dollars by allout from the International Monetary Fund. Politically, the I mf reforms are likely to end import restrictions, increased taxes and forced the...

...government to sell unproductive enterprises business inside. Long term, the crisis is shifting the market for Orthodox tea away from Sri Lanka, currently the largest exporter by value. India has stepped up the production of Orthodox tea and is aggressively pursuing buyers formerly under contract with Sri Lanka. India is also bypassing sanctions by avoiding transactions in dollars and delivering shipments to Russian buyers through Georgian ports on the Black Sea, as well as overland via Pakistan. The Indian government, benefiting from the inexpensive price of Russian oil, is offering four billion in financial aid to offset China's generous infrastructure loans to Sri Lanka. China is willing to land addition old funds on favorable terms, but will not forgive sh Lanka's existing debt and insists that foreigned currency reserves increased sufficiently to provide a three month cushion. A decade ago, when te executives were asked to evaluate the sustainability of the tea industry on a scale of one to ten, with ten ranking best, the average score was four point four in respondents who were asked the same survey question reported some progress, as the average sustainable practices ranking increased to five point five. Will another decade make a difference? Survey respondents were cautiously hopeful, ranking the overall sustainability of the industry in ten years at six point nine line on...

...a scale of ten. This spring, first t, the U S subsidiary of China's Chin t group, in partnership with a tea and Coffee Trade Journal, hired cruther's consulting to survey te executives and related industry respondents over a two month period. Respondents were predominantly male, well educated with college or advanced degrees and mainly involved in wholesale marketing, retailing and importing tea half worked in the US, UK or Canada, with eight in India and located elsewhere. Here are a few highlights. Fo of respondents in tea and related industries believe that the environment and carbon footprint of the industry is the most important sustainability issue to consumers. Respondents cited organic certification as the most important sustainability standard to concern ers. Climate change worries eighty percent of respondents, who cited changing rain patterns, unpredictable weather and extreme heat as primary risk factors. Nine of respondents consider the t industry sensitive to the effects of climate change. To download the full survey, visit the t Biz blog at T H and B I Z DOT com. Are Vinda and Enteroman in Bengaluru reports on this week's t auction prices. Indian t price report for the weekend in June eleven. Two heavy rains in the SAMA causing landslides and flooding. The Indian met department has issued a red...

...alert for the next few days for the state. A road linking as Samba neighboring natural Pradesh was damaged and the capital city of Ghati is seeing severe damage, with loss of life also being reported. Dajeeling and other parts of the northeast, including Megalia and our Natural Pradesh, are also expected to receive heavy rain and red alerts have been issued the south, which sees monsoon in early June, so the rains arrive early, but there has since been a lull, pointing to a probable deficit in rainfall this season. In deep prices, there were more outlaws in sale twenty three, which is it calls for some concern. The highest selling category remains Orthodox dust. Across India. In the north, Orthodox Leaf sold well in sale twenty three, while CDC dust did better in the south. In Colkata, Orthodox t is still seeing good demand from exporters to the Middle East and CI s countries. Auction average prices increased in the last month for CDC and Orthodox Sleeve, although dageling is at its lowest price realization in a month, averaging at two d forty eight piece that in passage this week. Goat is saw marginally higher prices than sealed twenty two. It continues to have about of the offerings unsold. In the south, Cotchin so reduced demand for Orthodox leave, although good milkity leaf saw a better price compared to sale twenty two. Kuno also saw subdue demand for CITC leaf, but all the green tea on offer was sold. And now a word from our sponsor. Q trade understands that a successful tea blend goes beyond the creative fusion of appearance, Aroma and flavor. Our Multi Award winning product development team is passionate about converting natural ingredients into sensory experiences that customers crave. Every recipe is formulated with a commercial backbone of dependable quality. Sourcing with a pricing structure that supports us. Safe, regulated, profitable and scalable. Bland q trade meets every brand's retail, food service and e commerce. For more information,...

...visit our website you trade tease dot com. This week tbz travels to the vast tea states of the Psalm India, where studies show a high incidence of fatal encounters among tea workers interacting with elephants, leopards and snakes. In this fascinating conversation too good groups senior managers who are Avid Wildlife Photographers explained to Arvenda and entiment how situational awareness is critical and avoiding human animal conflicts across the India tea states that important pockets to preserve myodiversity and surprisingly, that they also see a fair amount of human animal conflict. Very studies have reported the human and elephant pit realities are particularly in Assam. They've been researchers in the northeast who have reported, who have studied and focused on the human animal conflict, and they've reported that the two species most in conflict with people on the tea garden are elephants and leopards. For elephant hurts corridors running through the estates means they will enter the garden and, if provoked, will defend themselves, especially if the herd includes carbs. These researchers have concluded that unless the district administration and conservationists work with Tea Garden Management, there is no solution. A recent WHATSAPP forward among tea folks and industrial shows an elephant hurts sleeping amidst tea bushes. The photo is credited to Nigel Desusa, senior manager at Non Estate, which is part of the good drig group. There's are other photographs of insects and birds or elephants and tea gardens that make the rounds are often attributed to either Nigel ornage money charasia, who's also with gooddrigs. They do estate and Assam. In recent years Nigel and needed photographs have brought to the pope the...

...other side of the tea garden story of human animal harmony. They also do a marvelous job of showcasing the rich flora and founder that exists within the tea garden. Both are skilled amateur photographers but most significantly, the views the interested documented the estates wildlife and educate workers to understand those who share living space with what this is achieved is a remarkable step towards reducing man animal conflict in the estates. Nagel arrived at in twenty eleven. It's located in the Gulgary district, which had documented the maximum depths from elephants for a decade. At that time, about six months into the job and I just decided to start bringing in some interventions once I got my bearings and, you know, realized what is going on, where things are going wrong. I did a lot of research on elephants, whatever available from the net, and you're talking to the forest officers and forest officials and things like that. So what it came down to was basically lack of awareness and how to deal with the birds, you know. So we started a lot of awareness programs with the workers. So that's now been eleven years since we started that program and, uh, we had opted a complete non interference policy and as a result of which we had no elephant deaths in the last ten years yet, barring one which was a freak accident. There was this loana which had come into the garden and it was at night, it was heavy rain and one of my workers stepped out of his house to go to the shop, you know, and he had his umbrella right because it was raining, and he literally walked into the Loana. Oh No, so yeah, probably that was the reflect saction. This guy also got startled and didn't stamp him, but swiped him. The NAIPARA...

...has eight elephant watchers to keep a lookout for the herds entering the corridor, insuring that the path ahead is clear until the herd exists. Clearly this has made a difference, since both herds and humans seem to have learned to go exist without fear or threat, when elephants are the most visible of animals and often topmost talked about. Both Nigel and neededs have also been actively photographing and documenting other species, like snakes, to distinguish the venom is from non venomous fans, and it's an important step towards helping people recognize and respond to snake exciting. A simple piece of advice, as Nigel is to ask pluckers to stomp their feet as they walked through the bushes to allow snakes to know of approaching humans. Need it's an interesting photography began while a student of agriculture. He saw an opening from the tea garden while attending a job fed during his college years and decided to take it up. One year on, he joined a good rig group arriving in the Naipara he saw several photographs on this like of snakes, elephants and birds. They have been taken by his senior colleague night of the world. That was ongoing in the conservation efforts at the estate. He adds forest was next to the garden. I can see different animals there and again, like whatever I did during my college time, but photography and I can restart those things and seniors were very helpful there. Like we had. It was reinforest and certified, so we were doing a lot of conservation work. They were doing a lot of conservation work and all in the state awareness. So these things were really very great to see in that industry, like so much of things were input were done to keep our garden in a better position, in ECO friendly place and living with the wildlife animals in the tea garden. In the time he has worked here and rich has documented most and perfectly species seen on the tea garden, including their sightings, such...

...as the human based bug and the Himalian settle that Nigel describes as a cross between a goat and the deer and also a jab and freedit needs to records these sightings on our naturalist where they identified and geotype. He is just a self taught photographer and he's also learned video making a document how different predators like spiders and bugs helped control pest the t state, which eventually can reduce the chemical foot print in the t estate. spiders on the tea garden, he says, are a good sign because they take care of the heliopeltus menace. So his videos often begin with the eggs, so the workers on the garden learned to recognize spider eggs and leave them understood. This approach of non interference, coupled with consistent awareness, has led to a biodiversity garden, a model of sustainability. NISI speaks of hornbills that are now regular visitors and peacocks for permanent residents thanks to the gardens endeavors in the marketing forested areas for animals to live in peace. And since moving to Djo, has not taken to photographing Florida, documenting over a hundred three species. He believes the state is home to at least three thousand species of plants, which, given that us a monoculture, says something to the biodiversity it supports. Yeah, what I will say like there are places for these reptiles. A lot of reptiles are there in the industry and even this many insects are there and a lot of butterflies are their, birds are there and some of the like endangered species also sometimes we can support, like Javan Ferret. So these animals have also a special things in the industry, Tea Gardens and ous. So we should focus not only the elephant or your part, both Nigel and you, which talk about...

...using the free time in the pursuit of nature photography. It often means breaking up at four in the morning on a Sunday and heading into the forest with only a camera for a company to watch animals in order to learn and understand them better. It's a sort of commitment that's certainly paying off their tea gardens, but quite simply, what they do comes from a deep love of nature and the desire to live in harm me with the world. Intrigued by what you've heard in today's podcast, would you like to learn more from our global network of t BZ journalists and t experts, remember to visit the t Biz website for more comprehensive coverage. That's W W W T hyphen Biz B I z doltcom thanks for listening. Farewell, till next week.

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