‘Tea island’ and ‘tea valley’ to be established in Rize
TRABZONJan 04, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Jan 04, 2015 12:00 am
Eastern Black Sea Development Agency (DOKA), will put the "tea valley" and "tea island" projects into practice within the scope of their new initiatives to develop the tea industry in the Rize province of Turkey. The tea industry provides thousands of job opportunities in the province and the project which is worth TL 500 million ($213.24 million) will increase the price and export rates of tea, adding value to the city.
DOKA's Secretary General Çetin Oktay Kaldırım told an Anadolu Agency correspondent that Turkey holds an important place in world tea production and Rize province in the Eastern Black Sea region is home to some of the best tea producers of the world. Kaldırım, who mentioned there are various projects aiming to develop tea production in the city said that the "tea valley" and "tea island" projects stand out among others. "With the 'tea island' project, we will make use of the area as a valley and improve organic tea production. Thus, new products will be produced and a complex which can be used as a tourism hub will be introduced to the public," Kaldırım continued.
Stressing that the traditional tea industry covers a huge portion of the entire tea production of Turkey, the DOKA secretary general said, "The Black Sea region claims the fifth place in the world's tea production. Tea is a huge industry in our country; however, we need to produce new products with research and development as well as innovation and infrastructure works." He said that they needed to create a Turkish tea brand which will be renowned worldwide after overcoming the problems in tea export. "The commodity exchange market and chambers of industry and trade carry out outstanding projects on this issue," Kaldırım added.
Within the scope of the project, studies have already begun at the Tea Research Center. It is announced that there will be a tea park, tea hobby garden, a botanic garden themed tea market, a tea museum, mini tea eco-villages, organic tea gardens, rehabilitation center, congress and exhibition halls as well as hotels for touristic purposes will be featured in the "tea valley" and "tea island" projects.