Tea farming along Turkey’s Black Sea coast
Given all the movement regarding Syria, the United States, and Russia, a story on tea farming in Turkey is perhaps out of place now.
But that is precisely the story I published recently with EurasiaNet.org.
“Turkey: Tea farming to be privatized?” is a dispatch from Turkey’s Black Sea province of Rize. Tea is a major industry there, and has been for decades. The Turkish government’s current focus on free market enterprise and privatization has many tea farmers concerned about the future of a public tea company that buys tea leaves at a subsidized price.
The story includes a nice photo essay by Istanbul-based photographer Mathias Depardon.