ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for National Food and Research Natasha Daultana told the National Assembly on Monday that Pakistan imported black tea from 19 countries worth Rs25.03 billion.
Replying to various questions during the Question Hour, she said that around 127,316 metric tonnes of black tea was imported during 2010-2011. The major share of 55.1 per cent was imported from Kenya followed by India at 17.13 per cent.
Giving information regarding the government’s steps to increase cultivation of tea, she said successful plantation has been demonstrated, its yield potential and quality have been assessed to be economically viable and finally a production package has been evolved through the research efforts of scientists of National Tea Research Institute (NTRI) under Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC).
Replying to another question, she said the stock of fertiliser is sufficient to meet the domestic demand of the country. The Parliamentary Secretary said the estimated demand of urea for Rabi during 2012-13 is around 3 million tones, reflecting a gap of only 0.344million tonnes. She added that at present the opening stock of urea at the start of Rabi 2012-13 is expected to be 0.503 million tonnes. Daultana informed that due to 12 per cent gas curtailment for urea plants, the estimated domestic production of urea will be around 1.90 millon tonnes.
The Parliamentary Secretary said the DAP availability in upcoming Rabi 2012-13 season seems to be satisfactory.