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SME Times News Bureau | 16 Feb, 2019

Following 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 Kanoria.

"Of course, we are ready. The nation and the security of our forces and fellow countrymen comes first and commerce is secondary," Kanoria said.

Tea exporters are ready to back the Centre in case of any retaliatory measures, even at the cost of incurring losses, he added.

Tea 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.

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.

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.

"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.

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