Pakistanis just love tea. Regardless of the place, time, or occasion, tea is a must. Just like oxygen, tea is equally important for the survival of the human race. Note that one cup of tea is never enough. You need at least 4 cups of tea to get by and if you are doing an onsite job then four cups hardly make a cut. This is how much we are addicted to chai. Maybe it’s embedded in our minds that we won’t be able to do anything until tea doesn’t flow through our systems. It did come as a shock to everyone else but we were like don’t you think someone played with the numbers. The number must be higher, this is nothing as compared to our daily tea intake. The authorities, however, went into a deep shock when they got to know about Pakistan’s Tea Consumption for The Fiscal Year 2021-2022.
Pakistanis’ love for tea is no joke. We never take anything that concerns our tea lightly. Despite being one of the developing countries, when we should be the ones focusing more on increasing exports, we have been heavily importing from the countries abroad.
While the imports of nearly everything were curtailed or banned, there was one thing that managed to keep itself off the list and that my friend is Chai. From chocolates to cars, import of everything is banned in Pakistan. Seems like they underestimated the consumption of one product that is more consumed than anything. In the recent budget report, it has been revealed that for the fiscal year 2021-2022, Pakistanis consumed Rs83.88 billion worth of tea. During the fiscal year 2020-21, tea consumption was worth Rs 70.82 billion. This means we consumed Rs. 13 billion worth of tea past year. Wow! That still didn’t amaze us. Our love for tea is surely more than this and we don’t believe the government spent such a little sum of money on tea.
The govt of Pakistan wants its citizens to cut down on the consumption of chai(tea) because that too is imported, Fed Minister Ahsan Iqbal is heard requesting to the people through the media.
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) June 14, 2022
Besides tea, for the fiscal year 2021-2022, Pakistan imported 4.3 million cars, 4.1 million cycles, 75,000 rickshaws, 4.4 million motorcycles, and approximately Rs 6 trillion worth of medicines were imported.
One thing that has been proven, we don’t need petrol or dollar but tea and for that, we are even ready to spend billions.