Drinking tea could boost food security UN agency says

28 June 2010Calling for more people in tea-producing countries to drink tea, the United Nations agriculture agency has spotlighted the potential for the industry to enhance food security by increasing farmers’ incomes. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), tea exports cover the entire food import bill of Kenya, the world’s largest tea producer after China. Meanwhile, earnings from tea exports constituted half of agricultural export revenue and 60 per cent of food imports in Sri Lanka, another top producer. “Tea can be an important contributing factor to a nation’s food security,” said Kaison Chang, Secretary of FAO’s Inter-Governmental Group on Tea, the world’s only tea authority. In a new report, the agency urged tea-producing nations to market the drink more heavily at home and to publicize its health benefits abroad, cautioning against increasing the size of tea plantations, which would dampen crop prices in the long run. “Scope for expansion in consumption in traditional import markets like the United Kingdom and Russia is quite limited but in the countries where tea is produced, the per capita consumption is much lower and so there is a lot more market potential,” Mr. Chang pointed out. Consumers in tea-producing countries drink just one-tenth of the amount of tea compared to people in mature import markets, FAO said. The agency’s composite price for tea – the indicative international price for black tea – climbed by 13 per cent last year, pushing prices to record levels due to droughts n some of the major tea-producing regions of Asia and Africa. read more

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Recordbreaking passenger movement at CJIA for first quarter of 2018

The first quarter of 2018 saw the highest ever recorded passenger movement through Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC).According to a release from the CJIAC, for the month of March 2018, 52,729 passengers were processed as compared to 43,733 in March 2017. Passenger movement for the period January to March 2018 recorded 142,781 persons being processed as compared to 126,340 for the same period in 2017.Minster of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, attributed these marked increases to “Government’s sound economic policies and its unwavering advocacy for an enabling environment for investors.”He added that other factors which contributed to this achievement can be associated with increased business interest in Oil and Gas, Agriculture and tourists coming in large numbers for the Easter Festivities, Bartica Regatta, Rupununi Rodeo and Investment Forums.The country’s main port of entry is currently being expanded to accommodate the additional traffic anticipated in the coming years.The US$150M project is moving apace and upon completion, with the inclusion of several state-of-the-art facilities and amenities, the airport’s capacity will be greatly enhanced and strengthened significantly impacting passengers’ experience. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPassenger traffic in May skyrocketed – CJIAJune 8, 2016In “latest news”51kg of Cocaine seized at CJIA in 2013; CEO boasts of improved securityJanuary 31, 2014In “Crime”Conviasa to begin scheduled flights this month; Govt. in talks with other airlinesFebruary 1, 2014In “Local News” read more

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