The country’s tea production rose marginally to 690.31 million kg in the first half of this fiscal on the back of increased production in North India, latest Tea Board data said.

The country had produced 688.67 million kg of tea in the April-September period of 2011-12 fiscal.

Tea production in North India, which comprises the major tea growing regions of Assam and West Bengal, rose by 1 per cent to 562.67 million kg in April-September of 2012-13 fiscal compared to 559.82 million kg in the year-ago period.

Output of the brew, however, declined marginally to 127.64 million kg from 128.85 million kg in the reviewed period.

Tea production rose to 152.59 million kg in August 2012 from 143.08 million kg in August 2011, while, the output increased to 149.25 million kg in September 2012 from 148.39 million kg in September 2011.

India is the fourth largest exporter of the brew globally after Kenya, China and Sri Lanka.

Tea is grown in 15 states in the country in 5.79 lakh hectares, which accounts for 16 per cent of the total area under the brew in the world.

(This article was published on November 6, 2012)
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