‘National Tea Day’ was observed in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country for the first time ever on Friday.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi inaugurated the day’s programme as the chief guest at 10am at Osmani Memorial auditorium in the capital.
Later, a discussion on tea and tea industry was held where Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed and Bangladesh Tea Board Chairman Major General Md Jahirul Islam, among others, took part. Later, a daylong tea exhibition was held.
On this day, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became the first Bengali chairman of the Tea Board from June 4 in 1957 to October 23 in 1958.
So, the decision of celebrating “National Tea Day” on June 4 was taken at a cabinet meeting on July 20 last year to commemorate the outstanding contribution of Bangabandhu to the tea industry on his birth centenary.
Mentionable only 31.38 million kgs of tea was produced in 1970 in the country while a record 96.07 million kgs was produced in 2019 and 86.39 million kgs in 2020.
Last year, 2.19 million kgs of tea was exported to 19 countries, from which the country earned around Tk 35 crore.