Record production, Tk 18 crore kg tea handed over on Tuesday


102.92 million kg of tea has been produced in the country’s tea gardens in 2023, surpassing all previous records. Around 1 million kg of tea has been exported to 14 countries till May this year.

A tea fair has also been organized on Tuesday (June 4) on the occasion of Tea Day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the fair and visit the tea fair. Top companies of the country will exhibit tea at the tea fair. In the event, the representatives of the London Tea Exchange Company will hand over Tk 18 million kg of tea produced by Bangladesh’s Sylhet tea garden to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

This information was given in a press conference organized in the conference room of the Ministry of Commerce at the Secretariat on Monday (June 3). Commerce State Minister Ahsanul Islam Titu, Commerce Secretary Mohang Salim Uddin and Tea Board Chairman Major General Md spoke at the press conference. Ashraful Islam.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce, the press conference was organized on the occasion of celebrating ‘National Tea Day’ for the fourth time tomorrow and giving the ‘National Tea Award’ for the second time under the initiative of Bangladesh Tea Board.

State Minister for Commerce Ahsanul Islam Titu said that the National Tea Award 2024 will be awarded in 8 categories in recognition of special contribution to the tea industry on the occasion of National Tea Day tomorrow at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the event as the chief guest. The theme of this year’s Tea Day is ‘Smart Bangladesh Determination, Export Oriented Tea Industry’.

He said, currently there are 168 large tea gardens and about 8000 small tea gardens in the country. As a result of the continuation of all the groundbreaking initiatives of Bangabandhu in the development of the tea industry and the implementation of various plans of the present government, the country’s tea industry is advancing on the path of sustainable development. 102.92 million kg of tea has been produced in the country’s tea plantations in 2023, surpassing all previous production records in the history of the tea industry.

Titu said that in 2023, about 1.04 million kg of tea has been exported to 13 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, which is about 33 percent more than the previous year. 3 percent export incentive is being given to encourage export of tea. Meanwhile, tea exports are also increasing. Around 1 million kg of tea has been exported to 14 countries till May 2024.

He said that the Ministry of Commerce and the Bangladesh Tea Board are working with everyone related to the tea industry to increase the tea export by participating in international fairs, increasing the promotion of domestic tea abroad and making tea according to the demand of the international market.

It was informed in the press conference that the program will start with the arrival of the Prime Minister tomorrow at 10 am. After the documentary screening and discussion meeting, ‘National Tea Award 2024’ will be given to various tea companies/individuals in 8 categories in recognition of their special contribution to the tea industry of the country.

The Prime Minister will hand over the award trophies and certificates to the winners. After inaugurating the Tea Day and awarding the National Tea Award, the Prime Minister will visit the organized tea fair. Top tea companies of the country will be displayed at the tea fair.

The tea fair will be open for visitors throughout the day. Apart from this, there will be a system to display the rare items of the tea industry kept at Bangabandhu Corner and Srimangal Tea Museum on the contribution and various activities of the father of the nation in the tea industry.

Chairman of the Tea Board, Major General Md. Ashraful Islam said, Golden Bengal tea, whose kg is 18 crore taka. Which is being made from tea plantations in Sylhet region of Bangladesh. The people of the company will formally hand over this tea to the Prime Minister tomorrow. These will then be given to the queens, kings and Nobel laureates of various countries.

He said, now about 3 percent cash incentive is being given in the case of tea export. Special incentives are in place in flat areas. Hopefully, we can produce more tea.

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