Tea is Afghanistan’s unofficial nationwide drink. Supplied to company inside moments of arrival for an official assembly or a social get-together, it’s both inexperienced or the again variant that’s most well-liked essentially the most. To not provide a glass is a social affront and is supposed to make some extent by an sad or unwilling host. Extra usually, silver trays crammed with brief glasses of tea are introduced out to greet associates.

India yearly exports round one to at least one and a half million kilograms of tea to Afghanistan. Within the 2020-2021 pandemic impeded market, 0.76 million kilograms of India Tea was exported to Afghanistan, buying and selling a enterprise price 11.17 crores. That is round 0.4 per cent of the full tea export of the nation. Whereas within the monetary yr 2019-20 the export to Afghanistan was 2.17 million kilograms price commerce of 26.84 crores accounting for 0.9 per cent of the full tea export of that yr.

“It’s largely Inexperienced Tea from Punjab mandi and the longleaf orthodox or Black tea which is primarily exported to Afghanistan and the commerce is a negligible a million kilograms. The web tea export of the nation this yr is round 207 million kilograms whereas the amount of export in 2019-20 was 252 million kilograms” says Anshuman Kanoria Chairperson Indian Tea Export Affiliation.

Because the Taliban seized management over Kabul after twenty years, the commerce enterprise between the 2 nations India and Afghanistan has been severely affected. The Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) mentioned that the Taliban have stopped the buying and selling system. Chatting with information company ANI, Dr Ajay Sahai, Director Common of FIEO mentioned that the Taliban have stopped the motion of cargo by the routes of Pakistan thereby hampering and stopping exports and imports between the nations.

Nonetheless, greater than the Afghan export, it’s the worth and price of manufacturing of Assam tea that the trade is extra frightened about as of late. “Tea trade is struggling for its survival owing to a decline in costs beneath the Value of Manufacturing (CoP)”, says Bidyananda Barkakoty, Adviser North Jap Tea Affiliation (NETA).

“Whereas on one hand, the worth realisation of tea is decrease by Rs. 44.19 per kg, which is about 18 per cent much less in comparison with final yr and then again, the Value of Manufacturing (CoP) has gone up because of hike in wages and inputs. The CoP has gone up by Rs. 25 per kg of made tea as a result of current hike in day by day money wage from Rs 167 to Rs 205, CoP too has gone up by Rs. 7.00 per kg of made tea because of a rise in the price of inputs like fertilizer, pesticides, diesel, pure gasoline, coal, transportation and so on. Due to this fact, the web adverse affect on the trade until date is to the tune of Rs.76.00 per kg of made tea”, added Barkakoty.

As per information made obtainable by the affiliation, Assam’s whole tea manufacturing in 2021, from Jan to June, is much less by about 41 million kilograms, which is about 19 per cent much less in comparison with the identical interval in 2019. Manufacturing of 2020 was an aberration because of Covid-19 induced lockdown. In 2019, from Jan to June, tea manufacturing was 220.11 million kgs whereas this yr it’s 179.32 million kilograms.

The typical value realisation of CTC tea on the Guwahati Tea Public sale Centre (GTAC) in 2021, from April to July, is Rs. 208.02 per kg, whereas it was Rs. 252.21 per kg throughout the identical interval final yr. The realisation this yr is much less by Rs. 44.19 per kg. Solely about 9 per cent of tea have fetched above Rs. 300.00 per kg and about 51 per cent of tea have gotten offered beneath Rs.200.00 per kg.” says Sunil Jallan, Chairman, NETA” “Furthermore the amount of unsold tea at GTAC is greater than double in comparison with final yr. In 2020, the unsold amount at GTAC from April to July was 16.37 per cent, whereas this yr, the unsold amount is 35.16 per cent” added Jalan.

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