GUWAHATI, Feb 21 � The demand for green tea in the Indian domestic market is growing at the rate of 17 per cent per annum, against the mere three per cent rise witnessed in case of black tea.
Significantly, in the global context, India is the largest producer and consumer of black tea, while China is the largest producer and consumer of green tea. But the queer thing is that in India, demand for green tea is rapidly increasing whereas in China, demand for black tea is on the rise. The average bulk sale price of green tea in the domestic market is Rs 250 per kg.
In 2013, India produced a total of about 1,200 million kg of tea. Out of this, Assam produced about 618 million kg. But, the estimated production of green tea in India in 2013 was 11 million kg only, with West Bengal contributing eight million kg, Assam contributing two million kg and South India contributing the remaining one million kg.
Under such a situation, a workshop on green tea was organised by the North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) at its Golaghat auditorium today in association with PARCON (India) Private Ltd � a leading tea broking firm.