SME Times News Bureau | 16 Feb, 2019
the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 45
paramilitary troopers, Indian tea exporters are ready to stop exports to
Pakistan, said Indian Tea Exporters' Association (ITEA) chairman Anshuman
course, we are ready. The nation and the security of our forces and fellow
countrymen comes first and commerce is secondary," Kanoria said.
exporters are ready to back the Centre in case of any retaliatory measures,
even at the cost of incurring losses, he added.
exporters would support any decision by the central government in retaliation
for the attack that was the worst-ever in Jammu and Kashmir against the forces
since militancy erupted in the state in 1989, he added.
In a similar tone, India Tea Association
Chairman Vivek Goenka said, "Whenever there are tensions between the two
countries, exports get impacted. We have seen that in the past also.
A suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a
Central Reserve Police Force bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama
district, killing at least 45 troopers and injuring 38.
"However, we fully support the central government for its decisions. The
country's security is much more important."
Tea exports to Pakistan during 2018 stood at 15.83 million kg, up by about 7.5
per cent from 14.73 million kg shipped out during the previous year. The
exports were valued at Rs 154.71 crore during the calendar year 2018 against
142.44 crore in the previous year.