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Fair trade tea from India

Minimum wages, miet-free Housing, free treatment in the hospital and a primary school: the workers on the tea plantations in Assam have been doing this since 1951 guaranteed. But those who work on the Maud plantation get even more: Energy saving lampsto save electricity costs, school bags for the children, one creditto z. B. to buy good dairy cows, Water filter and above all a fair wage.

This is possible because the Maud tea plantation has joined fair trade. So she has committed, in tea production certain To adhere to the rules: The plantation can sell its products with the Fairtradeseal to sell. For every kilo of tea sold, the company receives a Fairtradebonus between 50 US cents and one US dollar. This money is for the workers.

Not only the workers benefit from the Fairtrade seal. As a result, the company has international Sales opportunities. Sanjay Kumar Singh, Manager of Maud, explains: "Foreign Consumers pay close attention to the right one Certification. They are happy to pay a little more knowing that the workers will benefit from it. "

In India itself, Fairtrade tea does not sell as well as it is more expensive. The Indians are neither ready nor in a positionto spend more money to enable fair wages, says Robin Borthakur, Tea industry expert. But perhaps the Maud example can be a role model for the industry, and fair trade tea from India is no great exception.


Tea plantation that - a plant that produces and sells tea

Fairtrade (English: Fairtrade) - the fact that products are produced and traded under fair conditions

to benefit from something - have an advantage or benefit from something

Minimum wage, the - lowest wage allowed by law

rent free - without rental costs

Treatment that - here: medical care for the sick

guarantee someone something - here: definitely give something to someone

Energy saving lamp that - a lamp that uses less electricity

Credit that - Money to borrow

Water filter that - Device that cleans water

to commit oneself (to something) - promise to do something

keep the rule - act as the rule is

Seal that - Marks on products that meet certain conditions

Premium that - here: additional money that the company receives when selling Fairtrade products

Outlet that - Ability to sell products

Consumer who - the buyer

Certification that - here: compliance with the rules of fair trade

be able to do something - to be able to do something

Tea Industry Expert Who - someone who knows a lot about tea production and tea trade

Questions about the text

1. Fair trade means that workers ...

a) get little wages.

b) undertake to adhere to certain rules.

c) be treated fairly.

2. With the Fairtrade premium in Maud ...

a) supports the workers.

b) pays the minimum wages.

c) paid the electricity costs.

3. The company has international sales opportunities through the Fairtrade seal because ...

a) Only products with the Fairtrade seal may be sold abroad.

b) Foreign buyers are more willing to support fair trade.

c) consumers abroad want certification of all products.

4. What does "Indians are neither willing nor able to buy Fairtrade tea" mean?

a) There is no fair trade tea to buy in India.

b) It is very difficult to get Fairtrade tea in India.

c) The Indians do not want to and cannot pay for Fairtrade tea.

5. The workers at the Maud tea plantation are better off than other plantation workers. Which preposition is correct? "The workers on Maud benefit ..."

a) fair trade.

b) with fair trade.

c) according to fair trade.

Work order

Do you support fair trade and do you buy products with the Fairtrade seal, for example chocolate, tea or coffee? Why are you buying these products or why not? Discuss in the course!

Authors: Julia Kuckelkorn / Bettina Schwieger
Editor: Shirin Kasraeian