Guwahati: Biplab Kumar Deb, the Tripura Chief Minister and Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu have disclosed their plans of exporting tea. As per their plans, they are looking for exporting the state grown tea to its neighbouring country Bangladesh. The same has been revealed by a top official of Tripura government.
Further, confirming this news, Chairman of Tripura Tea Development Corporation Ltd (TTDC) Santosh Saha said that the Tripura CM has already discussed the matter with Central minister Suresh Prabhu and let him know the plans of the Tripura government. The government is also planning for a tea auction centre at Srimangal in Bangladesh as that will clear the path for tea export to the country.
TTDC chairman also added that the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has taken up the matter with the Bangladesh government. As Bangladesh is already exporting tea from other countries than India then why not to commence this trade relation between the two neighbouring nations! When at a point, Bangladesh imports quite some goods from India then three certainly is a scope for the Indian tea too to be imported by Bangladesh.
As Bangladesh general elections are also approaching, Saha, therefore, hopes that there will be a fruitful discussion with the Bangladesh government on this matter once the elections are over.
Tripura has been one of the proficient tea growers and in the recent times, the new BJP-IPFT government is encouraging the tea cultivators of the state for green tea cultivation as that will open a new path for the development of tea industry in the state.
The chairman also added that despite the green tea cultivation and production being a time-consuming process, some of the tea cultivators in Tripura has started green tea cultivation and are taking steps to expand it to other tea gardens.
Another matter put forth by the chairman is the lack of a logo for Tripura tea which has long been in discussion but no fruits are obtained yet. The absence of the logo is, in a way, causing difficulty for the tea growers to market their products at a good price.
As a next step to enhance the tea industry in Tripura, the TTDC is also planning to open a tea corner in the capital Agartala next month as this will help in the display and sale of tea produced in the state.