The prospects of exporting tea from Tripura to neighbouring Bangladesh has brightened with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb having taken up the issue with Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, a top official said.

The Chief Minister has already spoken to the Union minister on the governments plan to export tea through a tea auction centre at Srimangal in Bangladesh, which is only 5 km from Kailashahar in Unakoti district of Tripura, Chairman of Tripura Tea Development Corporation Ltd (TTDC) Santosh Saha said on Tuesday.

The TTDC chairman said that Bangladesh imports huge quantity of tea from foreign nations, except India. He said the new BJP-IPFT government in Tripura was serious to herald good days for the tea industry by encouraging green tea cultivation. Currently the State produces 90 lakh kg of tea, mainly of the CTC variety.

Saha said logo for Tripura is under consideration of the Tea Board of India (TBI) and it will be cleared within the next couple of days. “It is very tough to transport finished tea to Siliguri or Kolkata tea auction markets. Once a logo is allotted, this problem will be solved,” he said.