Tea Plantations on Stamps – Mauritius 1973.
Mauritius issued a 60 cent stamp on Tea Plantations on 10 Apr 1973. It also marked 5th Anniversary of its Independence.
Tea Industry In Mauritius – A French Priest , Father Galloys is supposed to have introduced the Tea Plant, Camellia Sinensis to Mauritius in 1760. Pierre Poivre introduced it in large scale in 1770. Till 19th Century and advent of Britishers it remained a museum plant only. In 19th Century the Governor of Mauritius , Robert Farquhar, encouraged commercial tea cultivation. 70 years later Sir John Pope Hennessy revived local interest in tea cultivation. By 1948/49 almost 850 hectares came under tea cultivation and five factories were established.