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Uploaded on Saturday 25 Feb 2012
Tea Production Areas and Forest Distribution in Kenya
Philippe Rekacewicz assisted by Cecile Marin, Agnes Stienne, Guilio Frigieri, Riccardo Pravettoni, Laura Margueritte and Marion Lecoquierre.
The micro-climate associated with
forest areas is often a critical factor
in growing cash crops. In East Africa,
tea is grown in areas adjacent to montane
forests where conditions for tea
production are optimal due to constant
moisture levels, air temperatures
between 10° and 30° C and soil temperatures
between 16° and 25° C. The
high moisture levels in these montane
forests combined with the high heat
capacity of water reduces the day/night
temperature range and lowers the
chances of frost.