Kolkata: Emergence of small tea growers (STGs) has made the country self-reliant in the production of the beverage and to meet domestic requirements and exports, Tea Board said.
STGs have also helped local economic conditions and livelihood of the people, the Tea Board said in a statement.
India annually produces nearly 1400 million kg of tea, out of which the contribution of STGs is more than 50 per cent, it said
Tea exports from India in value terms is close to USD 800 million. It attained a positive growth of 15 per cent in volume of around 220 million kg in 2022, the board said.
The country is now the second largest producer of the beverage after China and tea industry is one of the largest employers.
India is also the fourth largest exporter after China, Kenya and Sri Lanka, it said.
According to the Tea Board, the agency has helped in the development of the industry in terms of area under cultivation, production, productivity and domestic consumption.
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To facilitate exports, the Board, which was formed in 1954, has taken many trade promotion initiatives like organising buyer-seller meets in collaboration with the Indian missions the statement said in key markets.
Production of the beverage is spread across 15 states of the country. Assam and West Bengal are the primary ones.
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