Doke Tea

David at Doke in 2005

Let us speak about your own tea garden; it is located far from the main zones of production even if we can imagine that in ten years he will be encircled with other plantations. This distance brings you several disadvantages. The persons working in the plantation have no experience in culture of tea, job is slow, the harvest is of medium quality, in general three leaves for a bud are harvested, diminishing the selling price of the green leaves, the expense of transport towards the bought leaf tea factory is important and the length of the transport harms the quality of the harvest. According to one of the persons in charge of the garden, the soil is not very good for the culture of tea, I think that this soil must be very fertile but that the pH of the soil must be too high (between six or seven) because rice grew on this zone before you purchased it and paddy require basic soils. A neutral or basic pH is not favourable to the growth of tea bushes, but it is only a supposition.



The garden is however well managed, it has a good shade, and the presence of the river Doke allows to keep certain humidity during dry seasons, in compensation the planting is very sensitive to problems of saturation in water in the soil. For this reason, it is important to set up a system of efficient draining which is not operational today. We can see in this garden that water stagnates in several channels, it has no effect on drainage if it is not losses in water by evaporation in channels.

The most part of these problems should be resolved in next years, the workers will win in experience and become skilled, it is necessary that they become aware that the more they do good quality work, the more their future will be assured. The problems of transport will be resolved by the installation of the factory, this factory will also allow you to produce exactly the type of tea you want. However it will be entirely functional only when the workers will have acquired a certain experience. Your objective is to produce high quality teas such as your white tea the black needle; this production furthermore will have the organic farming certification which should assure you to extract a good added value of your planting.