Tea Industry on Stamps – Mauritius 2011.

Mauritius issued a set of four stamps on Tea Industry in Mauritius  on 19 Dec 2011.

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.

Tea Production has helped in development of certain regions like Nouvelle France, Pont Colville , La Flora , Grand Bios & Bois Cheri. At Present 670 hectares are under Tea Cultivation with annual turnover of 1500 to 1700 tons valued at Rs 265 Million. Three Factories – Bois Cheri Tea Estate, Corson Tea Estate Co Ltd and La Chartreuse Tea Manufacturing Co Ltd are in operation. It contributes to Livelihoods of 1500 families. Green tea is being imported.

Rs 7 – Tea Plant          Rs 8 – Tea Plucking.