SYLHET: Due to the increase of domestic consumption, the tea exporter country Bangladesh now turn into importer country from last few years. Earlier, Bangladesh export tea to many countries in the world.
However, concern authority reluctant to disclose of any information regarding the tea importing in our country.
On 2015 to 2017 year Bangladesh imported 1core 4 lac 21 thousand and 405 kg tea from the abroad the industry insider said.
Sources said, there are 1 lac 16 thousand hector area tea garden in our country. But only 47 percent land were cultivate for tea farming, where nearly 62 thousand tea land were lying remain vacant.
Moreover, the demands of tea consumption are increased double against the tea production quantity in our country.
Beside these the rough weather has hit the country’s tea production hamper in Sylhet region. Where excessive rainfall, low and high temperature and insufficient sunlight are the main obstacle to the tea’s smooth production.
However, tea production by the state-owned tea estates declined sharply due to corruption, mismanagement and fund constraints the different sources informed.
According to Bangladesh Tea Market annual report season 2016-2017, there are highest ever tea production in our country of 85.05 M kg. Where, largest quantity of tea sold in the auctions amounting to 77.27 M.kg as against of 66.35M.kg. While the higher average prices of Tk 191.01 as against Tk 187.09 in the previous season.
In a district wise there are total tea production in our country is 62.53 percent says in annual report season on 2016-2017. 39.45 percent in Moulvibazar, 15.35 percent in Habiganj, 4.18 percent in Sylhet, 3.51 percent in Chattogram and 0.03 percent in Rangamati. At present the major tea producing and exporting country are Chaina, North India, South India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Vietnam etc.
In 2017, Bangladesh imports 2.508 M.kg tea in a two month where 1.165M.kg in January and 1.343M.kg in February month according to Bangladesh Tea Market Annual Report season 2016-2017.
In another statistics show that Bangladesh tea export decline in every year where 12.952M.kg in 2001, which are followed by, 12.182mkg in 2003, 9.007mkg in 2005, 0.913mkg in 2010 and last 0.539mkg in 2016 years.
When contact over the phone call to Dr Mohammed Ali, director of Bangladesh Tea Research Institute he shows unwilling to comment about the matter. He further said for any comment it must be need from higher authority permission.