ISLAMABAD - Tea imports into the country witnessed sharp fall of 25.22PC during the first three quarters of the current fiscal year when compared to the imports of the corresponding period of last year. The tea imports into the country during July-March (2013-14) were recorded at $221.678m against the imports of $296.459m during July-March (2012-13), according to the data of PBS. In terms of Pakistani rupee, the imports of tea into the country decreased by 19.07pc during the first nine months of the current year.  The tea imports in rupees term during the period under review were recorded at Rs.23,128m compared to the imports of Rs.28,579m during the last year.

Meanwhile, on year-on-year basis, the imports of tea into the country decreased by 13.68 per cent in March 2014 compared to the imports of March 2013, the PBS data revealed.

The tea imports into the country during March 2014 were recorded at $28.986 million compared to the imports of $33.579 million in March 2013.

On month -on-month basis, the tea imports into the country also witnessed decrease of 0.74 per cent in March 2014 when compared to the imports of $29.202 million in February 2014.

It is pertinent to mention here that the overall food imports into the country decreased by 8.22 per cent during the first three quarters.