‘Olive Tea’ production no more a dream; CM Raje introduces India to its first Olive Tea plant

A dedicated team taking steadfast actions with an undivided focus on manifesting Olive leaf tea in India has reaped brilliant results as Rajasthan CM Raje today launched the maiden Olive leaf tea plant in Rajasthan.

In 2007, the exemplary vision of CM Raje gifted a new lease of life to the Olive Leaf cultivation in India.

CM Raje visits Israel in 2004

CM Raje’s visit to Israel in 2004 led to massive production of Olives in 2007 in the Negev desert as a part of the pilot plantation project of Olives.

Rajasthan government etched a new page in the Indian history on successfully extracting 8,000 litres olive oil from just one of the 11 state-owned olive farms at Lunkaransar in Bikaner.

Moreover, it has also planted olive saplings on more than 200 hectares (in a phases), spread over 11 centres in seven districts, in government-run nurseries and also distributed saplings to farmers for plantation on around 115 hectares to promote olive cultivation.

Olive Tea: Health Benefits for all ages

Olive tea has great health benefits and is considered three per cent more beneficial than normal green tea.

Here are the major benefits of consuming Olive tea:

  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health
  • Reduces Diabetes
  • Lessens the Risk of Cancer
  • Boosts Brain Function
  • Kills Bacteria and Fungi
  • Nurtures Skin
  • Improved Immune System

Why Olive Oil?

Olive production requires lesser water as compared to other plants. Also, it provides a lucrative business, which will boost revenues for the Rajasthan government.

The Olive Leaf Tea plantation will offer dual benefit to the farmers–apart from the fruition, leaves could also be used by the farmers for further economic opportunities.

Rajasthan: Land full of opportunities for Olive Tree production

In a land where rain water is the major driver of agricultural harvest, the idea of Olive tree production is the most sought after opportunity which has been timely exploited by the Raje-led government.

The government is also mulling over producing exotic plant species like olive, jojoba, dragon fruit and date palms in the arid Western and Northern regions.

Chief Operating Officer of Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Limited, Yogesh Kumar Verma said that parts of three farms including in Jhunjhunu, Jaipur and Jalore have been given to the partner firm for collecting olive leaves.

Parts of the three farms have been given to the partner firms for collecting olive leaves. Verma said that olive tea is 3 per cent healthier than the normal green tea. A testing agency named Sigma has been roped in for testing the quality of olive leaf production.

Bassi Centre of Excellence

The ‘Bassi Centre of Excellence (BCE)’ was today launched by CM Raje. With the production capacity of 2000 kgs per day, the Bassi Centre of Excellence is one of the most stellar launches in the history of India’s agricultural realm.

The ‘Centre of Excellence’ will offer 240 hectare cultivation in Bassi. A total of 7 olive oil trees can be produced at the BCE.