Tea is the second largest export oriented cash crop of Bangladesh, following jute. The industry accounts for 1% of national GDP.[11] Tea-producing districts include Maulvi Bazar, Habiganj, Sylhet, Chittagong, Panchagarh, Brahmanbaria, Rangamati[12] Once a major world exporter, Bangladesh is now a net importer of tea.[13] The rise of the Bangladeshi middle class has increasingly driven the industry to focus on a lucrative domestic market. The sector is today dominated by Bangladeshi conglomerates, including M. M. Ispahani Limited, Kazi & Kazi, the Transcom Group, James Finlay Bangladesh, the Orion Group, the Abul Khair Group and Duncan Brothers Bangladesh Limited. In 2012, Bangladesh recorded its highest production of tea, at 63.85 million kilograms.[14] The country has over 56,846 hectares of land under tea cultivation, up from 28,734 hectares in 1947.[1][2] The government has begun to promote small-scale tea growers, particularly in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The price of Bangladesh tea is determined at the public auction in Chittagong. In March 2015, the international price of Bangladesh tea was US$2.40.[15]

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