Tea World

Lesson 29

Organic Tea Cultivation

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What does "organic" mean?

The term “organic”, referring to farming, came into use in the 1940s, referring to a balanced relationship between plants, soil, and nutrients. However, since the 1960s, the term has shifted to mean food farmed and/or processed without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.


Objective of organic tea cultivation is to have an ecologically sustainable plantation, aimed at the conservation of ecology and natural habit without polluting soil, air and water and yet maintaining sustainable tea production. Tea is produced in the absence of synthesized chemicals like pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, growth regulators and concentrated fertilizers. Naturally occurring, mined products and bulky and concentrated organic manures are used for resistant cultivars, regulation of micro-climate or by the introduction of biological control agents/the use of biological products, naturally extracted without the use of inorganic solvents.

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