Agartala 20th August, 2019: Bangladesh government has promised to look into a proposal from chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb for purchasing tea produced in Tripura. Of late Bangladesh government has decided to buy in bulk tea produced in Tripura for domestic consumption. Following media reports on the issue a tea producer and garden owner from West Bengal state called up chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and requested him to take up the issue with the Bangladesh government.
Biplab called up the prime minister Sheik Hasina but initially she could not speak though she later called back and had a telephonic discussion with Biplab Kumar Deb.
The Chief Minister acknowledged that Tripura produces quality tea and has a good market too.
The chief minister pointed out that Tripura is a tea-rich state and sells one kilogram(kg) of tea at a rate of Rs 177 and the state is also a good producer of white tea which has fetched Rs 10,000 thousands a kilogram at auction markets. He requested the Bangladesh Prime Minister to purchase at least a part of their necessities from Tripura. Hasina promised the chief minister that she would direct the officials to look into the matters and see if Tripura tea could fulfill the demand of the people.
Disclosing this in a programme at Rabindra Shata Varshiki Bhawan yesterday chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that if Bangladesh start purchasing tea produced in Tripura it will be a major positive development for the tea industry in the state.
“After the BJP-IPFT government was formed, we laid stress on developing the tea industry and carried out marketing in a proper way which was never done before. Nobody had earlier thought about producing white tea here but now the growers producing specialised tea and selling them for Rs 10,000 per kg. If Assam can sell its tea at good prices why can’t Tripura do so? We are also producing quality tea,”Deb said.