Tea entrepreneurs seek government help to develop tea industry
Tea entrepreneurs have warned that they will stop production of tea altogether if the government does not give special priority to the industry.
Speaking at a programme in the capital on Tuesday, they blamed that the government has not given much priority to promotion of tea in the national as well as international market.
Saying that the governments in neighboring countries have played a vital role in the development and promotion of the sector in the national as well as international market, they said the Nepalis government should also should focus its attention on making the sector more developed and competitive.
They also demanded the government to address the issues of rising production costs, power outage, strikes, investment security among others for the smooth production of tea.
The country produces 20 million kg of tea annually. The sector has also given employment to some 50,000 workers irecly while some 20,000 farmers are involved in the industry.
Of the total production of tea in the country, 60 percent is exported — 58 percent to India and 2 percent to other countries. nepalnews.com