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Tea farming in Nepal was started in 1920 B.S (1963 A.D) in Ilam by Gajaraj Thapa, and since 2028 B.S (1971 AD) informati...
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Mission
CTCF lobby and advocacy to favorable policy and enable its member tea cooperatives by providing support services, marketing to run their professional businesses in organic tea farming an environmental friendly way .
Vision
Sustainable tea cooperative, Prosperous farmers

Introduction of Central Tea Cooperarive Federation (CTCF) Ltd. Nepal


The history of Nepalese tea begun with the first tea plantation in Illam tea estate during the reign of Junga Bahadur Rana in 1920 B.S (  1963 A.D.)  by Gajraj singh Thapa who brought seeds of tea from China as gift .The Tea plantation gradually explored in various districts of Nepal at small scale farmers level  since 2028 B.S.( 1971 A.D.).The five districts of Eastern Development Regions viz. Illam,Jhapa ,Panchthar,Tehrathum and Dhankuta were declared as "Tea Zones " of Nepal by his majesty late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev in 2039 B.S.( 1982 A.D.), after which the number of tea farmers involvement was tremendously increased which resulted in the establishment of tea farmers groups and cooperatives. Similarly, Nepal Government declared the first tea policy in 2057 B.S. after which there was rise in number of farmers, tea farmers groups ,cooperatives and tea cooperatives processing factories.

To assist the different primary tea cooperatives in respect of economy, social ,educational ,cultural and business development ,the first meeting took place in the year 2066.02.24 ( June 7,2009) in collaboration of District Tea cooperative Federation and other primary tea cooperatives. After the second meeting that took place in Illam, Central Tea cooperative Federation (CTCF) was established and registered in 2010, September 16th under cooperative department of Nepal Agriculture and Ministry of cooperative with registration number -18/067/068, to work as an umbrella organization for  all the tea cooperatives of Nepal. Recently, there are one hundred and one tea cooperatives, five district tea cooperative federations 7500 house hold members, eighteen thousand farmers involved in tea farming, more than eighty thousand people are employed in this sector. CTCF is organizing various programs at grassroots, farmers , cooperatives, district, state(provincial) and national level in cooperation with Locals, states and federal government, National Tea and Coffee development Board, National Cooperative  Federation,  National Cooperative Bank, various I/NGOs, Asian Farmer association for sustainable Rural development(AFA) ,World Green Tea Association, ILO country office for Nepal , TEASEC Nepal, SNV/Nepal, Agriterra Netherlands, SIMEN Project, UNNATI projects ,MAAS International ,International Trade Centre (ITC), Fondation de France (FDF), commercial banks and financial institutions, different industries and companies to make them more sustainable in both farming and business case resulting in entrepreneurship development with promoting responsible business practices.

Cooperatives have a very good contribution to change the socio-economic status of the society. Constitution of Nepal also emphasis and place cooperatives as an important means of socio-economic development and declared that the three pillar of economy are Private, Cooperative and Government. Accordingly, the National Planning Commission of Nepal also place cooperatives through the periodic plan, in priority in terms of local level development and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). Nepal Government and Ministry of Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation (MoCPA) through the New Cooperative Act 2017 priorities cooperatives for inclusive development . In this national scenarios, CTCF has set the vision “Sustainable Tea Cooperative, Prosperous Farmers"  and made strategies to  increase the cooperative participation and contribution to achieve 2030 agendas of sustainable development goals .

Cooperation between tea farmers of cooperatives and their together effort as well as hard work for overcoming the challenges contribute on achieving targeted goals creating beautiful reflection on their face. Small Tea farmers are as owners from diverse group like, indigenous people, ethnic group, rural women, Dalit community, etc. without discrimination representing group team work and increasing the happy index of area, social harmony they live in. About 80% of rural women are empowered as they are engaged in cooperative. Quality product is produced on favorable condition with sustainable relationship with nature and benefit gained by that product impact equally to each and every actor of that value chain/origin with satisfaction. The tea cooperative product that you consume is not only the product but it is the dream of rural tea farmers prepared ensuing Corporate Social Responsible (CSR) and Responsible Business & Fair Trade Business Practices. This build SMILE not only on the face of producer but consumer too. We can say healthy relationship between enthusiasms of consumer along with accomplishment of tea farmers as producer creates SMILE on related faces. Thus, wonderful smile is created through "Sustainable tea cooperatives, Prosperous   farmers" and COOPERATIVES SMILE.