General development

Contrary to the agreement with Fairbiotea, the parent company of Shangba tea farm decided this year to change its control body. Nevertheless, CERES will again carry out a Fairbiotea inspection of Shangba tea farm for us this year and check all requirements for a Fairbiotea member. Since Shangba is an exemplary operation run by a large parent company, we assume that again all minimum requirements will be fully met. On Fairbiotea's pushing, however, Shangba has promised to return to CERES as certifier next year.

Certification, security, sustainability

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