More than three billion cups of tea are served every day around the world and a large share comes from the developing world and the emerging economies. This too despite stiff competition from beverages like Coffee and aerated drinks.
The estimates came to light at the ongoing Global Dubai tea forum. Four countries produce approximately 70% of the world’s tea with India at the second place contributing around 9,80,000 tonnes every year which amounts to 20 percent of the total tea production.
China occupies the first place with 1.64 billion tonnes yield per annum contributing to 35 per cent of the overall tea production. Kenya and Sri Lanka follow next. However, in terms of exports, Kenya tops the ratings with 396,000 tonnes tea export annually, Sri Lanka comes next followed by China and India.
India exported 203,000 tonnes of tea last year. The representative of United Planters Association of Southern India, UPASI, Sanjith Kumar told in Dubai that Indians are the largest consumers of the tea, which limits the export options.
More than 300 delegates including the producers, suppliers, manufacturers, exporters, importers and ancillary industries are taking part in the sixth edition of Global Dubai Tea forum.