Indian Tea Association (ITA) on 2 February 2014 announced that the tea production of India has gone up by 6.5 percent in the year 2013. In its report it said that the country’s production has rose to 1200 million kilograms in 2013 as against 1126 million kilograms in 2012.
The northern part of India (Assam and West Bengal) produced 957.44 million kilograms in 2013 as against the 886.95 million kilograms in 2012. Production of the southern region stood at 242.60 million kilogram in 2013 against the 239.38 million kilogram of 2012.
In its report, it also said that the exports from January to September 2013 (nine months) also went up by 5 percent. During this period the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent State) countries imported maximum of 39.88 million kilograms of Indian tea, which was followed by Iran with 16.47 million kilograms, Pakistan 12.35 million kilograms and the US 10.29 million kilograms apart from others.
Indian Tea Association (ITA)
Indian Tea Association (ITA) was founded in 1881 and is the premier and the oldest organization of tea producers in India. It is the body that formulates policies and initiates action towards the development and growth of the industry by liaising with the Tea Board, Government and other related bodies. It has its branches in Assam and West Bengal. It branches represent over 60 percent of the total tea production of the country.
CIS (Commonwealth of Independent State) Countries
CIS Countries consist of the ex Soviet Union nations, which were formed after disintegration of Soviet Union in 1991and includes