The Tea Board will participate in Gulfood 2013 to be held at World Trade Centre in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from February 25 to 28.
“We have registered the participation of those exporters who have keen interest to improve their presence in the UAE, as we regard Gulfood as the right window to reach buyers in the Gulf region. ” V. George Jenner, Director of Tea Promotion for West Asia and North Africa, Tea Board, said.
“We are working on improving India’s tea shipment to the UAE, as there has been a slump in the recent years due to political uncertainties in many countries in the Gulf. In effect, India’s tea shipment to the UAE dropped to 19.76 million kg (mkg) worth Rs 314.31 crore in 2010-11 from 21.97 mkg worth Rs 323.16 crore in 2009-10,” he said.
India is the third largest tea supplier to Dubai after Kenya and Sri Lanka. In the last three years, Dubai has been importing 15-16 mkg, which accounts for 22 per cent of the UAE’s total imports (just 6 per cent less than imports from Sri Lanka or Kenya).