The tea industry in southeastern China’s Fujian province has registered an annualized growth rate of 7.2% over the past 15 years, the Economic Daily reported. It was worth US$2.66 billion in 2006, when the province’s tea output reached 200,000 tons, accounting for 20% of the country’s total. Four tea species, oolong tea, green tea, black tea, and flower tea were all grown in the province. Fujian’s production of oolong tea outgrew green tea in 2006 for the first time with 90,000 tons produced, some of which was exported, fetching US$48.5 million.

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