Describe an important export item in your country - Cue Card # 328

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an important export item in your country.

You should say:

  • what item it is
  • how it is produced or manufactured
  • who work to make it

and explain why it is an important export item in your country.


Model Answer 1:

My country, (...say your country name...), exports a number of items to different countries as they all help grow our economy. Ready-made garment products, jute, tea, medicines and sea- fishes are some of these export items that my country heavily relies upon. But, among them, Ready-made garments are certainly far ahead of the other items, so I will go ahead and talk about it today.

This Ready-made garment industry started its journey as a manufacturer of a very important export item of our country somewhere around the early 80’s when only a few entrepreneurs took the initiative to start manufacturing different kinds of garment products after importing all the raw materials, needed to manufacture them in their small manufacturing plants, from abroad, in addition to importing machinery and tools also.

Since then, my country didn’t really have time to look back because the demand for our ready-made garments kept growing and growing among foreign buyers. All the importers of this item needed to do was to tell the manufactures from my country about how many clothing items and accessories they needed, what kind of fabrics would need to be used in them, and what the sizes of the clothing items were, and in no time, the products would be ready for shipment. Initially, of course, there weren’t enough skilled workforces in this garments sector, so the manufacturers had to actually train a lot of people to do the job before the huge number of unskilled and semi-skilled young people became interested to work in this booming sector.

Anyway, it is an important export item because it is this very item (clothing items in general) that help increase our foreign currency reserve to an amount that my county could never even dream about it before. And, as the reserve of our foreign currency grew, the government became more flexible in running different kinds of development projects and economic activities of my country for the benefits of its people even more. Besides, this important export item has also helped create a huge amount of employment opportunities, especially, for the poor and less-privileged people of my country.


Sample Answer 2:

There are quite a few significant export items we have in our country which bring a large portion of our total foreign revenue and help up boost up our overall economy and among them, I would like to talk about the tea we export to more than 20 countries. In our country, a vast area is used for growing tea plants and the quality we produce for war and packet tea is world-class. This is, in fact, one of the top 5 gross foreign earning export items for us.

The tea is mainly produced in the hill track and low area of the southern part of our country where we have a large number of farmers working on that. The weather, rain and land required for good tea productions are available in this part of the country and we have many industries there to collect and produce the finest tea.

The tea gardens are owned by either individuals or government and they engage a large number of farmers to work on the tea gardens. After the tea leaves are ready to be collected, the farmers and other workers collect those leaves, clean it and then send it to the factories there those leaves are processed and after rigid quality assurances and strict guidance, those are made ready to be packed.

The tea industry is a vast area where lots of people in different sectors are involved including farmers, caretakers, factory workers, manufacturers, engineers, QA, food officers, packing workers, transportation and preserving workers. Besides these, the owners and their appointed officers and employees also work in this industry.

Tea is one of the major foreign revenue-earning sources for our country and we produce high-quality products. Around 2% of our total population is directly involved in this sector and this has created a huge job opportunity. Moreover, this industry is expanding year by year and we are getting more countries on our export list. In terms of a major production of our country, job opportunity, foreign revenue earning, tea is a very important export item for us.


Sample Answer 3:

Paddy is one of the most special agricultural crops in my country and it is exported around the world. I would like to thank you for this topic. As I was saying, Paddy is processed and we get rice which is the staple food in many countries of the world. The preparation process of paddy is a bit complex. The land is needed where the seeds need to be planted. But the land must be plain and should come with irrigation facilities. Irrigation is one of the most important matters for growing paddy but excessive water may damage the plants as well. It takes around three to six months for harvesting the paddy based on the paddy types.   

Usually, farmers are responsible to grow paddy. They work day and night to grow the paddy. In fact, without their direct assistance, it is really impossible to grow the paddy. Planting the seeds is a difficult task. The farmers start planting the paddy early in the morning. The work hard throughout the day to take care of the paddy. Before planning the paddy, they also need to level the soil and use fertilizers to make the land fertile. And after planning the seedlings, they have to wait till the paddy becomes matured for harvesting.  

Paddy is an important export item for my country. We produce a huge amount of paddy and after meeting our local needs, we export the crop in the world market. Actually, my country is one of the leading countries for exporting paddy. We also have some other agricultural crops but they do not grow in plenty. We need to import them to meet our needs. But it would have been difficult for us if we did not have paddy to export. Thus, paddy has become a great source of revenue earning. And so, its importance is huge.


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