The federal government has staked a group of farmers in the Mangrove Mountain area $100,000, to help them get into the tea business.
Australia Green Tea Co-operative has been given the "Farming Together grant" to help them adopt a collaborative business model.
“This funding will allow the Australia Green Tea Co-operative to improve marketing, and the corporate consolidation required to develop their business,” said Lucy Wicks, Federal Member for Robertson.
“That business will provide farmers in the Mangrove Mountain plateau the opportunity to plant, harvest and sell their goods to an overseas market,” Mrs Wicks said.
Regional Development Australia Central Coast CEO John Mouland says the co-operative will cement the coast as leading tea production region.
“This is exactly the type of agricultural industry that we want to see on the Central Coast that not only provides an alternative crop for farmers but also cements the Central Coast as an industry leader in tea production,” Mr Mouland said.