Islamabad: Turkey’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock has sent a latest automatic tea-processing plant to Pakistan as a gift in recognition of the country’s tea-growing efforts.
Talking to journalists, Pak National Tea and High Value Crops Research Institute Director Dr Farrukh Siyar Hamid has said the plant has arrived in Karachi and currently paperwork is being done for its release.
The plant, which has a capacity to process 400 to 500kg of tea per day, would be made operational in April next year.
The plant will be set up at the tea project site located in Shinkiari, near Mansehra. Spread over 50 acres, this is Pakistan’s first tea garden where black and green tea is produced.
The existing plant at the institute was imported from China and has the capacity of producing one tonne of black tea per day and about 100kg green tea per day. (Agencies)