La Paz farmers now intoCeylon tea propagation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:18

Over 200 upland farmers of Barangay La Paz in the west coast of Zamboanga City are now in massive planting and propagation of Ceylon tea, the so-called prized form of black tea that originated from Sri Lanka.

The Ceylon tea is known for its intense flavor which many tea consumers greatly appreciate and are now largely produced all over the world.
La Paz Barangay Kagawad Gardie Serna, president of the La Paz Farmers Federation, said their group has established a nursery of Ceylon tea trees and many of La Paz farmers have been distributed the seedlings for massive propagation, saying that markets for such tea are plenty and the tea industry is promising.

Serna, in an interview with Discovery Zamboanga members in La Paz, said the Department of Agriculture has encouraged upland farmers to shift part of their farming activities to the production of Ceylon tea particularly the fine highland varieties  that are considered costly as they have a rich taste and strong aroma favored by the consumers.

It is called Ceylon tea because Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon under colonialism and the name has stuck for the tea. Tea was first introduced to the country as a crop in 1867, to replace a devastated coffee crop. Tea producers quickly began to produce tea with a unique flavor and color, and Ceylon tea began to experience high demand. The majority of Ceylon tea is grown in the highlands of the country, with lower elevation teas being used as filler in tea blends.

Serna said it is only in Barangay La Paz where Ceylon tea trees can be found in Zamboanga City.