Assam : Post the Pulwama attack, Assam’s small tea workers are finding their tradition tea sale at stake which has been exporting a huge amount of this world famous tea to Pakistan.
Assam’s green tea is most favoured by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir market as they consume tea in huge quantities to fight severe cold. Pakistan is the largest importer of Assam tea.
With the course of relationship between India-Pakistan already going downhill post the Pulwama terror attack, Assam’s small tea workers are uncertain of the future course of their tea.
Now all that has been changing following Pulwama attack, Assam’s small tea growers are with the Government and Industry if they decide to ban the export of tea to Pakistan but urged for minimum support price from the Government for basic survival of the huge industry.
India is the biggest supplier of green tea to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir and the bulk of the tea green tea goes from Assam, which in turn supplied by the 1,00,000 strong small tea growers of Assam.
The small tea growers of Assam are in unison with the big houses of the industry in full for banning of the tea exports to Pakistan following the Pulwama incident. However, they are fearing that this may trigger a price collapse of the green tea and that will seriously affect the small tea gardens of Assam.
Similarly, there has been very heavy demand for Assam’s Green tea in Kashmir. The entire trade is controlled from Amritsar. Already in the past two year, the trade to Kashmir have been severely affected due to which supply chain has been affected down the line and price of green tea have collapsed in Assam affecting the small tea growers.
“We very much want export to Pakistan should be banned and support Government’s withdrawal of MFN status. However, till the situation improves and Assam and Indian tea find an alternative market, the government of India, Government of Assam and Tea Board should coordinate with the industry for the minimum support price to the Small tea growers of Assam” said Mr Gopal Krishna Khaund, President of the small Tea Growers of Assam.