Following the application made by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, ‘Turkish tea culture’ was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Turkey and Azerbaijan applied to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include ‘Turkish tea culture’ in the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
The ‘Turkish tea culture’ nomination file prepared by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism was included in the agenda of the 17th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO in Morocco. With the meeting, ‘Turkish tea culture’ was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
In the Eastern Black Sea provinces of Rize, Artvin, Trabzon and Giresun in the Eastern Black Sea provinces of Rize, Artvin, Trabzon and Giresun in 830 thousand decares of wet tea farming by 1 million producer families; An annual harvest of 1 million 250 thousand to 1 million 450 thousand tons of products is carried out.
The fresh tea produced is processed in 198 factories, 151 of which belong to the private sector and 47 to Çaykur, and an average of 250 thousand tons of dry tea is produced annually. According to the results of the ‘World Tea Report’ prepared by the World Tea Committee, Turkey ranks first with 3 kilograms in the ranking of countries that consume the most tea per person per year.
In world tea production, China ranks 1st with 2 million 270 thousand tons, India 2nd with 1 million 210 thousand tons, Kenya 3rd with 475 thousand tons, Sri Lanka 4th with 329 thousand tons, and Turkey 5th with 250 thousand tons. In the Eastern Black Sea region, where tea is grown in Turkey, an annual income of approximately 10 billion TL is obtained from producers, workers and other sectors.