Adverse weather has taken a toll on tea production in almost every major growing district in the country, reveals an analysis of the reports received from different pockets.

According to the latest data available with Tea Board, production till July in the current calendar has fallen to 470.76 million kg (mkg) from 491.59 mkg.

This fall of 20.83 mkg marks a decline of 4.24 per cent.

Of this, North India has lost 15.42 mkg to total 332.72 mkg.

Assam continued to be the country’s largest producer at 223.46 mkg but its output had fallen by 10.86 mkg over last year.

West Bengal lost 4.49 mkg to produce 105.89 mkg.

Here, the output of Darjeeling tea fell to 4.75 mkg from about five mkg last year.

Cachar in Assam and Terai in West Bengal are the only areas reporting an increase in production.

In the South, production fell by 5.41 mkg to dip to 138.05 mkg. Tamil Nadu lost 2.51 mkg to reach 97.68 mkg.

Kerala lost 2.97 mkg to produce 37.11 mkg.

(This article was published on September 21, 2012)
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