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Produce Uganda tea
Varieties Black tea, green tea, brown tea, white tea
Common varieties Black tea, green tea
Packing In bales, each bale is 50 kilograms
Size In 50kilogram gunny bags 500grams sachets
Season availability Throughout the year
Transportation conditions Transported under cool conditions
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Uganda tea is one of the best tea consumed locally and in the foreign market. Uganda avails the best quality of tea to the international market. 

 Camellia sinensis was first introduced to Uganda by the missionaries in 1900. By the mid of the 20th century, many large scale farmers cultivated tea. The country is ranked as the third leading tea producer in Africa. Tea production ranks at 10,000tons annually. All the tea is exported, and only 10% is left for local consumption. 

tea is sourced in the Lake Victoria region in areas of Mukono, Masaka, Wakiso, and Mityana.

Also produced in the western part of the country in places such as; Kabaale, Kanungu and Bushenyi districts Kabarole district bordering DRC 

 Camellia sinensis- this is the green tea .it thrives well in cool highland mountain regions. Mostly grown in china and japan 

Camellia assamica – this is the black tea. It thrives well in the wet tropical climate. Primarily cultivated in north India

Others include Oolong tea and white tea. 

Climatic conditions favoring the growth of tea 

Uganda’s climate favors tea growing in the country. Tea grows in regions with a warm, humid climate with rainfall measuring at least 100 centimeters per year. Preferably, it likes deep, light, acidic, well-draining soil. Tea grows in areas with altitude as high as 2100 meters above sea level.

Harvesting and processing of tea 

tea are harvested by handpicking 2mostly done by women. Well trained workers can pick the two main leaves and bud selectively

Once harvesting is done the stages of processing, the first process is bruising. Bruising involves the crushing of tea into minor pieces. Other varieties of tea, such as white tea, do not require bruising but are only twisted. Bruising ensures that the tea is in the smallest piece and uniform to ensure consistency during packing.

The next process is the oxidation of the bruised tea leaves. This is where the leaves are dried in the sun so they can change from their market color to brown. The next process is the heating process. Whereby the tea is heat at very high temperatures. To diverse tea flavor, tea can be boiled, or roasted 

Charcoal based roasting can also be applied in the roasting of the tea leaves. 

  tea is packed in gunny bags of at least 50 kilograms and put as bales. Also packed in small sachets of 500 grams to be sold in the shops. The process of packing finalized by labeling the product. The label indicates the country of origin, the net weight, the type, and the destination among others

 tea is stored under cool, dry conditions, free from any light. It is then stored in special warehouses waiting for transportation by designed trucks to the airport of Entebbe or by long distance to the port of Mombasa and Dar salaam to transported by ship.

Uganda tea is among the best quality tea produced in Africa. If you are looking to sell or buy Uganda tea, sign up to the Selina Wamucii platform today! 




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