Tea board advises finding new markets to boost tea exports – Uttarbanga Sambad
Nagarakata: Tea board suggests finding new markets to increase tea exports. Speaking at the 50th Annual General Meeting of the Tea Association of India (TAI) North Bengal Branch held at a private resort in Chalsa on Saturday evening, Saurabh Pahari Saf, Deputy Chairman, Tea Board, said: . The idea that success is possible only with the help of the government is not right. He added, ‘Our tea industry is very old. There was government help. However, we need to think about why countries like Sri Lanka and Kenya have started in a new way. The deputy chairman also said that efforts are being made to find new markets to increase exports. “Countries like Russia and Iran were our biggest buyers,” he said. Problems are going on in those countries now. In such a situation, we are in regular talks with the countries of Western Europe, North America and Iraq to capture their markets. There are plans to invite importers from those countries and inform them about the quality of Indian tea, subject to the permission of the Indian government. Besides, there is also the idea that the exporters here can go there. Additional Chief Secretary of the state Dr. Subrata Gupta, who was present at the annual general meeting, suggested to start alternative cultivation of flowers and vegetables in the fallow lands of tea gardens. On behalf of TI, various problems of North Bengal tea industry were highlighted on this day. Jalpaiguri Superintendent of Police Devarshi Dutta and Secretary General of TI Prabir Bhattacharya were present at the meeting.