The world tea production last year reached a record 3.2 million tonnes, according to a UN report.
The report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on Friday showed that the tea export increased by 50, 000 tonnes which is more than the production in 2003, but production of the major exporters like India and Bangladesh has decreased, local daily The Independent reported on Saturday.
Increase in export was due mainly to record production in Turkey, China, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The growth in output from these countries more than offset declines in other major producing countries, including India and Bangladesh, the report said.
World tea exports increased by 4.4 percent in 2004 to 1.47 million tonnes, according to the report.
World net tea imports increased in 2004, by 1.5 percent which is 1.42 million tonnes. This trend reflected the increases in traditional developed country markets of the European Community ( an increase of 2.4 percent), the United States (5.3 percent) and Japan (2 percent), where imports reached to 215,000 tonnes, 99,000 tonnes and 56,000 tonnes, respectively.