Problems and prospects of Bangladesh Tea: analysis from a global perspective
M. T. B. KHALIFA
Md. Taher Billal Khalifa, School of Business and Design, Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus), Jalan Simpang Tiga, 93350, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This paper attempts to focus on some of the issues and problems to tea industry in Bangladesh and its prospects with a set of suggestions for increasing production and export of tea in present global perspectives. Major facts and figures have been obtained from the sources of BTB, ITC FAO throughout the study period from 2003 to 2008. Low productivity and poor quality compared to the other tea producing countries like Sri Lanka, India and Kenya are the crux of the problem. The suggestions include modernisation of tea production, bringing new areas like Panchagarh and Chittagong under cultivation, production of organic and herbal tea. Some of these have already started. This paper also makes policy recommendations to advance these further.
Keywords: Tea industry, Global market, Bangladesh Tea Board, Tea blenders and Auction market.