Kolkata: After a decline in tea exports last year, overseas shipments of the beverage are expected to go up this year, Tea Board of India said Thursday.
"We expect exports of tea to touch 220 million kilogram in 2013 due to good demand from Iran and CIS nations," Tea Board Chairman M G V K Bhanu said.
Last year, exports had fallen to a low of 210 million kilogram from 215 million kilogram in 2011.
Fall in exports in 2012 was largely due to problems in Iran, Bhanu told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar organised by Indian Tea Association (ITA) here.
He said demand for tea was rising and prices were expected to firm up during the year.
Tea production was lowered last year in view of payment problems with Iran because of US-led sanctions against the country over its nuclear programme.
Bhanu added India should concentrate on high value tea for exports so as to achieve better unit realisation.
Regarding total production, Bhanu said it would be around 1,115 million kilogram.
He added that Tea Board would give a subsidy on rentals for setting up tea boutiques in order to promote tea consumption.