The tea producer’s body has written to the centre’s stressing on the urgent need to curb the import of inferior quality tea from neighboring countries.
The Tea association of India also stressed the need for checking ingress of such quality of tea into the domestic market.
The tea industry is booming, with the demand the increasing demands of tea in India. According to the reports the tea production has gone up from 20.97 million kg in 2016 to 23.79 million kg in 2020.
The cost of tea production is lower in states like Indonesia, Nepal, Malaysia etc mentioned by tea producers.
Most the teas form these countries are low quality and doesn’t uphold to the quality levels of Indian tea production. This will hamper the sustainability and trust of Indian customer’s .There should be no relaxing of testing parameters.
The reduction in import duty will lead to influx of tea from these countries and disturb the demand and supply in the economy.
Threat to livelihoods of workers
The tea industry employs over 11 lakh people directly, with almost half of them being women. This would also curtail the economic independence of women. This will lead to loss of business of Indian tea producers. This move would endanger the livelihoods of the chain of workers and a threat to small tea producers.
Anupriya Singh Patel, minister of state in ministry of commerce and industry said that tea production industry has remained stag way for the last 10 years.
She added, “The foreign trade policy should focus on improving the country’s market share in existing markets and products as well as exploring new ones.”
The government is pushing the tea development and promotion scheme by investing Rs 967 corers for the tea growers.
The Association said “the country’s Foreign Trade Policy should focus on improving India’s market share in existing markets”.
No official response till now.