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Several steps taken to boost the Indian tea industry, to address emerging challenges and to create a global brand
India has taken several steps to boost the output, create a niche brand for Indian tea and to ensure the welfare of the families associated with the tea industry.
India is the 2nd largest tea producer and largest black tea producer with production at around 1350 M. Kgs and self-sufficient to meet out the domestic requirements and export obligations. India is also the largest consumer of black tea and consumes around 18% of the total World tea consumption. Indian teas are exported to various destinations and is the 4th largest tea exporter besides catering to a large number of domestic consumers.
The Indian tea Industry is employing 1.16 million workers directly and an equal number of people are associated with it indirectly.
Small Tea Growers are the emerging Sector contributing nearly 52% of the total produce. Presently there are nearly 2.30 lakh of Small Tea Growers existing in the supply chain. For this segment, following steps have been taken:
Indian Tea Exports have been competing strongly in the international markets and has been able to create a niche for itself. During 2022-23, Indian tea exports are expected to achieve more than 95% of the set targets of $883 million despite various geo-political, geo-economic and logistical challenges. Moreover, as per exporters inputs of late, the logistics impediments such as availability of containers etc have been smoothened out.
To assist the tea industry in this, following steps have been taken:
Darjeeling tea is one of the coveted produces of the India which is the first GI registered. It is produced in the hilly area of Darjeeling district spread over in 87 tea gardens. The tea gardens have more than 70% of bushes aged more than 50 years and thus impacts the productivity. Presently the Darjeeling tea production is in the range of 6-7 M.Kgs. To address the concerns of Darjeeling tea industry, including challenge of cheap import of Nepal tea, committee has been formed by Tea Board with stakeholders of Darjeeling tea industry and it is looking into possible solutions. Various steps are being taken by Tea Board and by the Ministry for rigorous quality checks of cheap imported tea.
Tea Board has suggested further amendments in the “Tea Development and Promotion Scheme, 2021-26” wherein several components are included for the overall benefit of the tea industry. In order to have a transparency in disbursement and identification of beneficiaries, an online mechanism under “Service plus Portal” has been implemented.