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July 24, 2008

Indonesian: Tea exports seen rising 8%

Indonesia's tea exports may increase by 8% this year on stronger demand, state news agency Antara quoted the National Tea Council as saying.

Council chairman Abdul Halik said that shipments of green and black tea this year may rise to 102,600 tons, up from 95,000 tons last year.

Demands for Indonesian tea on the international market is expected to rise on an expected decline in supplies from the world's largest producers Kenya and Sri Lanka.

Indonesia, the world's sixth-largest producer, has a 6 percent share of the world tea market, trailing Vietnam with a market share of 7 percent, India 13 percent and Sri Lanka and Kenya each 20 percent, the newspaper The Jakarta Post quoted the council as saying.

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