Not many people know that Abkhazia can boast of wide tea fields located far from the main roads visited by tourists.
The factory building requires repairing but money obtained are not enough to pay for it. The factory is a property of the state according to which growing of tea must not be cultivated as it is not a competitive culture.
In Soviet times tea production in Abkhazia was the trend of priority and returned a profit. Tea-producing factories often exceeded the target and made salaries of all people engaged in the work much higher as compared to other inhabitants of the country.
The best tea consists of leaves collected from the upper branches of bushes. This method however is not longer applied and special machines cut branches with leaves on them. Later the branches are processed and discarded.
Collected tea goes to the first stage of processing through the conveyer band.
Tea is pressed in rotating cans.
Work of a real machine tool is presented here.
This tea is different from the one we usually use.
The equipment is very old and produces much noise.