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Jakarta Post

Tea export share may fall, but income rise

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, February 14 2009   /  11:09 am

More tea please!: Tea pickers working at Tambaksari tea plantation in Subang, West Java. Indonesia foresees a decline in its share of the global export tea market in 2009 due to stagnation in the production capacity of the industry, the Indonesia Tea Board (BTI) said on Friday. ANTARA/REZZA ESTILY.  The Indonesia Tea Board (DTI) forecasts a potential decline in Indonesia’s share of the global tea market this year given flat output due to declining prices and the increasing conversion rate of tea plantations. “We rank sixth in the world for tea exports today, but it’s very possible that we’re going to be the seventh by the end of 2009,” DTI production department head Insyaf Malik said during a press conference on the upcoming tea and coffee exhibition on Friday. “Our market share has been declining since 2003. Back then we had around 5 percent of market shar...