Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s tea exports earn US$110 million in foreign exchange annually and contribute Rp1.2 trillion to the gross domestic product (GDP).
"Indonesia is the world's fifth biggest exporting country of tea. The country exports at least 98,000 tons of tea annually," Joko Santosa of the National Plantation`s Tea and Quinine Research Center said here on Friday.
The country`s tea market share constituted seven percent of the world`s tea export total volume, Santosa said when speaking in a seminar on revitalization of plantation technology.
The world`s largest market share of tea products was controlled by Kenya (22 percent), followed by Sri Lanka (19 percent), China 19 percent) and India (12 percent).
The national tea agribusiness employs around 300,000 workers and around 1.2 million people earn their leaving from this sector.
However, he regretted that since 2000, most of the country`s tea industries have suffered from losses.
The increase of oil and fuel prices few years ago badly affected the tea industries by drastically increasing the production costs, he said.
Meanwhile, the prices in the Jakarta Tea Auction (JTA) were only 55-60 percent of those in the Colombo Tea Auction (CTA), Joko Santoso said. (*)