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NEWSLETTER - QINGSHAN-FARM - 11/2019

General development

In 2018 as well, the wages for the compost managers and the cattle breeding have been paid by Fairbiotea. The herd of cattle now includes 11 animals, 2 of which are bulls.  Sufficient manure is produced for compost production.

Since the available area in Qingshan is limited, Fairbiotea is currently checking together with the producer whether an expansion is possible by converting other areas.

Certification, security, sustainability

Traceability will play an increasingly important role in the future. A very special way, namely the proof of origin by means of isotope and element analysis, is a unique research project, which is supported by Fairbiotea.  The scientific foundation of this project is the fact that isotopes and elements contained in the soil and the rocks leave measurable signatures in plant material. If one compares these signatures with comparative data from soil and rock samples, it can be said with considerable accuracy whether a plant has grown at that place or not. This also applies to dried tea leaves.

In 2018 Fairbiotea accompanied a scientist to three of our farms to draw first samples of soil, rock and tea leaves. In Qingshan such a sampling took place in several of the farm sections.

During this year’s inspection Fairbiotea visited besides the farm also the processing factory of Qingshan’s jasmine tea. It is located in China’s largest jasmine growing area in Heng county, Guangxi province. Read more about it in our description of the production process of jasmine tea and in our Actual newsletter.

Modernisation

In 2019, the management of Chenzhou Jietan company realized that the construction of the modern final processing plant in Yuanling was a little too large-scaled and that total export revenues fell short of expectations. Low profits due to persistently low export prices remain a problem for China's tea industry.  Two of the three new factory buildings have been emptied completely already and are being rented out to other companies, the last remaining factory hall was still in operation in 2019, but is planned to be sold also. Sencha production will be dropped. The proposed new office building likewise will not be realized. In the future the final processing of the Qingshan teas will be carried out in a factory near the city of Changsha.