President Pranab Mukherjee today complimented Darjeeling Tea Association for upholding the ‘Darjeeling Tea’ brand name.
Addressing the annual general meeting of the Darjeeling Tea Association here, the President said ‘Darjeeling Tea’ was a welcome item on the breakfast tables of people in a large number of countries.
Tea is an important export commodity of India and promotion of tea exports a major element of the country's planned economic development. India ranks second in the world in tea production next only to China, he added.
Mr Mukherjee said Darjeeling Tea has a unique place among all varieties of tea, especially for connoisseurs.
He congratulated the Darjeeling Tea Association and Gorkha Territorial Administration for having worked in association with Central and State Government as well as the Tea Board to register the Darjeeling Tea as the country’s first geographical indication under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999.
Darjeeling Tea is India’s first product recognized by the European Commission as a Protected Geographical Indication.
Now, Darjeeling Tea has become synonymous with one of the best brands of tea in the world, originating from one of the most beautiful tourist destinations of India, he added.