Tea board targets record 10 million kgs processed tea production in northern districts
Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) has fixed an all-time record target of producing 10 million kgs of processed tea in five northern districts often dubbed as 'Kartoa Valley' ecological zone.
The BTB officials at its regional office in Panchagarh informed BSS that the 'Kartoa Valley' ecological zone witnessed a record output of 10.30 million kg processed tea, also called "made-tea" in 2020 despite coronavirus pandemic.
"The last year's made-tea (processed tea) output was higher by 0.70 million kg against the production of 9.60 million kg of the previous 2019 year," Senior Scientific Officer at Bangladesh Tea Research Institute Dr Mohammad Shameem Al Mamun said.
As the small-scale gardening-basis' tea cultivation on plain lands continues expanding every year, made-tea production also increased alongside creating more employment for jobless people to cut their poverty and improve living standard in the valley.
In 2019, tea was cultivated on 8,680 acres of land in five northern districts producing 9.60 million kg of made-tea after processing the produced green tea leaves at 18 local tea processing factories in Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts.
"In 2020, 10 registered and 17 unregistered tea gardens and 7,310 small-scale growers cultivated tea on 10,170 acres of land producing 51.28 million kg of green tea leaves and 10.30 million kg of made-tea after processing those in factories," Dr Mamun said.
This year, tea is being cultivated on more land aiming at producing over 45 million kg of green tea leaves and 10 million kg of made-tea after processing those at the 18 tea processing factories.