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India exported 196.54 million kg of tea in 2021 worth Rs 5,311.15 crore.

Buoyed by the ''encouraging'' demand scenario in overseas markets, Indian tea exporters are hoping to ship out 220-225 million kg in 2022, and are keen on filling up the vacuum left by crisis-hit Sri Lanka, officials said.

India exported 196.54 million kg of tea in 2021 worth Rs 5,311.15 crore.

''At present, India has extremely good export demand. Of course, this has been aided by the situation in Sri Lanka,” Indian Tea Exporters Association Chairman Anshuman Kanoria told PTI.

''This year, we are hopeful to touch the 225 million-kg mark in terms of outward shipments of tea.

The majority of the crop that is exported is of orthodox variety. Prices of this variety are up by around 10-20 per cent year-on-year depending on quality,'' he said. Given the demand scenario,

the industry is expecting a 40-50 per cent increase in the tea export value over the next two-three years, Kanoria said.

Shipments in the initial months of the current season starting from March are up 10-20 per cent, said Mohit Agarwal, Director of Asian Tea Company, one of the top five tea exporting entities in the country.