With the October official production data of Sri Lanka and Malawi having been released, the total global black tea output so far this calendar has slid by 2.71 per cent over last year, reveals an analysis of the latest data available with producers and traders bodies.
“According to our compilation, the total black tea production has fallen to 1,455.84 million kg (mkg) from 1,496.36 mkg”, Rajesh Gupta, Director, Global Tea Brokers and publishers of annual Global Tea Statistical Diary, told Business Line.
This marks a decline of 40.52 mkg or 2.71 per cent over last year.
Till October, Sri Lanka produced 268.70 mkg – 1.30 mkg less than last year. Malawi’s output was down by 2.40 mkg to total 36.90 mkg.
Kenya led the losers with a loss of 11.82 mkg to total 247.95 mkg. India’s output was down by 10.46 mkg to total 772.60 mkg. Uganda lost 8.98 mkg to dip to 21.99 mkg and Indonesia, 6.30 mkg to reach 40.20 mkg. Tanzania and Zimbabwe posted marginal decline.
Bangladesh was the only country to report an increase in production. Here, the output rose by 3.25 mkg to soar to 43.63 mkg.