16.06.2014

One other aspect that negativeley affects income is the changes in the seasons. Compared to earlier times, the dry seasons are longer now, and sometimes the rain comes at times when it is not expected. So often, there are many months when the tea leaves dry out and don’t have the quality to be harvested. 

If you compare farming today with say, 20 years ago, what has changed?

A lot has changed, both for better and for worse, I guess. For instance, paying for educating my children with the income from my farm was easy back then. Today, farmers can barely afford to feed their children or send them to school, let alone pay for their higher education, as I was able to. So the introduction of free primary education was a big step forward and also reduced cases of child labour.

The other major change is the availability of labour.