Image of Asia: Picking tea leaves in Nepal's hills

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Posted: Nov 17, 2014 5:26 AM
Image of Asia: Picking tea leaves in Nepal's hills

In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, women pick tea leaves at the Kanyam tea estate in the Himalayan hills of eastern Nepal. The tea-growing Illam district neighbors India's famed Darjeeling region and also has many tea gardens and estates, with Kanyam being one of the largest and most productive. The leaves they pick are then taken to the Kanyam Tea Factory nearby to make hand-processed or machine-rolled orthodox tea. Most of the tea pickers here are paid $2 for an 8-hour workday. Though Nepal is a nation of tea drinkers, most of the orthodox tea it produces is too expensive for local consumption and instead is exported, especially to Europe and the United States.