Islamabad: Senator Talha Mahmood, head of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue, highlighted the absence of local tea production as a source of the high import bill while speaking at the Pakistan Tea Association’s golden jubilee celebrations.
“If local tea production is encouraged, the country’s import expense might be drastically reduced,” he said.
Dr Abdul Waheed, director of the Shankiari Tea Project, urged the private sector to help promote local tea production, claiming that local tea production may save 45 percent of the import bill in the next five years. He also asserted that tea grown in Shankiari was of the same high quality as tea imported from other countries.
Chairman of the Pakistan Tea Association, Aman Paracha, is adamant about giving tea the status of a raw resource rather than putting it on the luxury list.
FPCCI President Nasir Hayat Magun and Karachi Chamber President Shariq Vohra discussed statistics indicating that local tea consumption will rise by 10% in the next five years, making expanding domestic production a priority.