Tezpur: Tea Association of India, Assam chapter organized the 36th biennial general meeting of Tea Association of India at Tezpur Suryalekha Palace. The chief guest of the meeting was Ruhul Amin, Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh, who dwelt on the Indo-Bangladesh trade possibilities including tea. He stated that Bangladesh is amongst the 10th largest producers of tea and it also imports tea. He further stated that there could be a possible area of further collaboration in the tea sector and identified Cacher Tea to be akin to Bangladesh Tea.
Earlier the meeting was addressed by UK Singh , the chairman of Assam Branch, Tea Association of India. He pinpointed the three areas of concern for the tea industry which were the supply over demand, the issue of MRL and quality, and to device ways & process to boast consumption.
The meeting was also addressed by P K Bhattacharyya, the Secretary General, TAI, Kolkata. He stressed the need to explore possibility of entering into free trade agreement with Bangladesh to export tea to Bangladesh as the proximity of India to Bangladesh stood at as a catalyst to enhance the prospect of exporting tea to Bangladesh.