National Tea and Coffee Development Board of Nepal (NTCDB) is commodity board established on 1993/06/02, under the aegis of Ministry of Agricultural Development, by Tea and Coffee Development Board Act 1992 of Nepal. The broad objective of this board is to promote and strengthen Tea and Coffee sector through policy formulation, technical and managerial support.
Nature has been generous to Nepal from the snow-laden peaks to the lush Terai tropical lands, it is one of the few places on earth where mother nature can be seen in all her finery. Amidst the many splendorous mountains of this Shangri-la, is born one the finest tea in tea in the world, Himalayan Orthodox Tea of Nepal.
Sometime around 1863, the famous and powerful Prime Minister of Nepal Junga Bahadur Rana while on tour to china brought back pure china tea seeds as a token of gift from the emperor himself. Upon return, he instructed his son-in-law colonel, Gajraj Singh Thapa to plant those seeds.
Colonel Thapa was the governor general of the eastern Thapa with his region of Nepal. Colonel Thapa with his royal army soon set up two plantations – the llam and the Soktim tea estates and so began Nepal tea industry. The first factory established in 1973 in llam is still under operation and the age old pure china tea bushes of llam is a steady means of germplasm resource for Himalayan tea unique identity.
Over the years Nepal tea industry has grown steadily. In 1920 there were only two estates occupying 100 hectares. Today tea garden covers more than 3000 hectares and still growing. Production too has gone up from a little over 10000 kilos in the 1920s to over 800,000 in 2001.