Increased consumption of tea in emerging economies of India and China has propelled the global demand for the brew,which has risen by 5.6 per cent to 4 million tonnes,United Nations body FAO said.
As per the latest Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) data,world consumption of tea rose by 4 per cent to 4 million tonnes in 2010.
“Total world tea consumption increased by 5.6 per cent in 2010 — the latest year for which figures were available — to 4 million tonnes and was underpinned by the rapid growth in per capita income levels,particularly in China,India and other emerging economies,” FAO noted.
In India,tea consumption expanded by 2.4 per cent in 2009 and 1 per cent in 2010 to reach 828,890 tonnes,whereas,in China,consumption increased by 8.2 per cent in 2009 and 1.4 per cent in 2010 to reach 1.06 million tonnes,the largest in the world,it added.
According to the global body on the farm sector,high tea prices,which averaged USD 2.85 per kg in 2011,reflects the fact that demand for black tea has exceeded supply since 2009.
World tea production rose by 4.2 per cent to 4.1 million tonnes in 2010,FAO said.
Output of black tea,which accounts for most of world production,increased by 5.5 percent in response to record prices,while that of green tea rose by 1.9 per cent,it added.
China remained the world’s largest tea producing country with an output of 1.4 million tonnes and a 33 per cent of the world’s total share.
On the future outlook,FAO noted that in the next 10 years,world black tea production will grow at almost 1.9 per cent annually to reach 3.28 million tonnes by 2021,whereas,consumption is set to grow at 1.8 per cent per annum to touch 3.36 million tonnes in 2021.