Sunday, 14 August, 2022

Steps taken to increase tea production: Tipu

Steps taken to increase tea production: Tipu

The government has taken necessary steps to export tea after meeting the growing demand for tea in the country, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said on Saturday. 

Once, a tea exporting nation Bangladesh cannot export tea despite increased production as demand for tea has risen sharply in the country.

“Tea is a potential export sector as globally Bangladesh’s tea has a huge demand because of its quality. Initiatives have been taken to export tea after meeting the demand,” Tipu Munshi said at a function at Osmani Auditorium.

Commerce ministry and Bangladesh Tea Board jointly organised the event marking the second National Tea Day 2022.

The country’s tea production has risen to 96.51 million KGs now from 60 million KGs in 2009, Munshi informed.

If the production did not increase, the country would have to import tea to meeting the growing demand for tea.

In particular, the increased production in the northern region has helped the country a lot in meeting the increased demand, he also informed.

Tea production in northern districts including, Panchagarh, Takurgaon, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram, stood at 14.55 million KGs in 2021.

The minister said tea production has become familiar in northern part after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directives, he noted.

The government initiatives for increased te production includes inventing new variant, production increase, auction and marketing.

Tipu Munshi also observed that increased demand for tea in the country has been created by improvement in living standard of people

Speaking at the event as the special guest, Expatriates' Welfare & Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed recalled that once upon a time tea was the second largest export sector of Bangladesh, but the occupation force caused a huge damage to it.

He stressed the need for long-term financial support for the industry as investment on tea garden takes much time and return from the investment also comes late.

Bangladesh is observing June 4 as the the National Tea Day for commemorating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s performing duty as tea board Chairman from 04 June 1957 to 23 October 1958.

Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Bangladesh Tea Board Chairman Major Gen Md Ashraful Islam, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) president Jasim Uddin, Tea Traders Association of Bangladesh president Omar Hannan, among others, were present at the event.