Indian tea exporters to Iran facing uncertainty

Indian tea exporters to Iran facing uncertainty

Total tea export stood at US$ 830.90 million in FY19 and US$ 709.28 million in FY20 (till February 2020).

Indian tea is among the finest in the world owing to strong geographical indications, heavy investment in tea processing units, continuous innovation, augmented product mix, and strategic market expansion. The main tea-growing regions are in the Northeast (including Assam) and in north Bengal (Darjeeling district and the Dooars region). Tea is also grown on a large scale in the Nilgiris in South India. India is one of the world’s largest consumers of tea, with about three-fourths of the country’s total produce consumed locally.

As of 2019, India was the second largest tea producer in the world with production of 1,339.70 million kgs. During January-February 2020*, estimated production of tea stood at 30.54 million kgs.

The country is home to a wide variety of teas, including CTC tea, orthodox tea, green tea, and organic tea. Unlike many other teas producing and exporting nations, India has a manufacturing base for both CTC and orthodox tea in addition to green tea.

India offers high-quality specialty teas, such as Darjeeling, Assam Orthodox, and the high-range Nilgiris, which have a distinctive aroma, strength, color, and flavor.

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