Tea consumption up by 2% to 837 mn kg in 2010: Tea Board

Tea

India's tea consumption rose by two per cent to 837 million kg in 2010 on the back a large population which consumes almost 80 per cent of the total output, the Tea Board has said.

The per capita consumption in the country, however, is still lower compared to other countries, the Board said in its annual report for 2010-2011.

"The internal consumption of tea for the year 2010 was around 837 million kg as against 819 million kg in 2009," the report said.

While, the average per head consumption is more than 2 kg in Ireland and the UK, around 1 kg in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and it is only 800 grams in India, it added.

"Despite per head consumption being one of the lowest in the world, the total consumption in India, due to its population size, is the largest and almost 80 per cent of the total production is consumed within the country," it noted.

The domestic consumption accounts for 22 per cent of the global consumption. This distinct position is in sharp contrast with other producing countries, particularly Kenya and Sri Lanka which hardly have any strong domestic demand and export 90-95 per cent of their production, the report said.

India, China, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia alone account for 76 per cent of the global output and 79 per cent of exports, it added.

The estimated global output in 2010 was 4,162 million kg of which 42 per cent was exported and the world consumed around 3,980 million kg of the brew in the same period, it said.

China became the leading producer of tea in the world in 2006, surpassing the record held by India for over 111 years, while, Kenya became the leading exporting country, the report added.

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