Bangladesh Tea Board has initiated a Tea Testing and Quality Control Training Course at Srimangal Project Development Unit (PDU) for the skill development of persons involved in tea production and business.
The training workshop was inaugurated at Srimangal BTRI PDU Auditorium on Sunday morning.
PDU Acting Director. AKM Rafiqul Haque inaugurated the training course as the chief guest under the chairmanship of Bangladesh Tea Board Chairman Major General Md. Ashraful Islam, NDC, PSC. Tea Board Chairman Major General. Ashraful Islam mentioned that tea production in Bangladesh is now on the rise. At present, our tea production is exceeding the domestic demand of the country. We are now thinking of bringing back the old tradition of tea export.
AKM Rafiqul Haque in his speech said that at present there are 16 tea gardens in Bangladesh. Its total area is about 2 lakh 89 thousand 439 acres.AKM Rafiqul Haque- BTRI PDU Acting Director
For that, we are taking various activities. There is no substitute for producing quality tea for tea export. Basically, our tea planters learn the subject of tea testing informally. This is the first formal course in this regard. He hoped that the participants of the course would be able to acquire skills in the field of tea testing institutionally and the tea industry in Bangladesh would be further enriched with the sincere participation of the stakeholders involved in the tea industry.PDU acting director said. AKM Rafiqul Haque in his speech said that at present there are 16 tea gardens in Bangladesh. Its total area is about 2 lakh 89 thousand 439 acres. Of this, tea land has about 1 lakh 54 thousand 515 acres. Besides, the amount of land under small-scale tea cultivation is about 6,057 acres. He further said that tea production in the country is increasing day by day.
The Bangladesh Tea Board is working to earn valuable foreign exchange by meeting the domestic demand of the country and sending some of the production of this traditional export-oriented tea industry abroad. Following this, the Project Development Unit of the Bangladesh Tea Board has organized an institutional course to produce skilled tea testers for the production of quality tea and to verify the quality of the tea produced.
The Director of the Bangladesh Tea Research Institute was present as a special guest. Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Ruhul Amin, Secretary, Bangladesh Tea Board, and GM Shibli, General Manager, Finlay Rental Division. In addition, there are hundreds of people involved in the tea industry from different parts of the country, including senior tea planters, experienced tea testers from brokerage houses, and officials from different levels of BTRI and PDU.