Record tea output despite pandemic

Focus on producing newer varieties of tea

Published : 21 Jan 2022 09:14 PM

Tea cultivation has always been one of the most significant contributors of our economy. Even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, tea production surged massively. Tea production in the country witnessed a record high of 9.65 crore kg in 2021 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Reportedly, the production increased by 1.01 crore kg in the last year over that in the previous year, according to the Tea Board's data.

Bangladesh Tea Board said the volume of tea production is consistently increasing every month, thanks to favourable weather since the beginning of the last year and various initiatives taken by the government. They said expansion of tea cultivation, increasing investment, use of new technologies and the Tea Board's initiatives play a key role behind the rise in production.

The government needs to take necessary measures 

to equip the old as well as the new tea gardens 

on the basis of need assessment

The current rejuvenation of this sector is mainly down to the few key tea gardens of the country both small, bigger and new. Projects should be undertaken which will involve in extension services for small-holding tea cultivation in northern portions of the country and also in Chattogram Hill Tracts. 

Industry people know that though there is the need for such extension works in these newly set up tea zones to make them feasible, there still remains a lot of work to be done in the old-style tea belt under larger Sylhet district. 

Technology still haven’t reached all the tea estates. We should make sure farmers do get the required technologies so that they can continue the surge of tea production which will boost our economy as we can export them.  The government needs to take necessary measures to equip the old as well the new tea gardens on the basis of need assessment. Finance is also a critical area which should not be overlooked.