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Global black tea output down 1.37%

P. S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on February 21, 2013

Global black tea production in calendar 2012 declined by 1.37 per cent over 2011, reveals an analysis of the latest data available with Tea Board and traders’ bodies.

“According to our compilation, global black tea production totalled 2,037.99 million kg (mkg) in 2012 against 2,066.19 mkg in 2011”, Rajesh Gupta, publisher, ‘Global Tea Digest 2012’ told Business Line.

This showed a decline of 28.20 mkg or 1.37 per cent.

India continued to top the table with an output of 1,111.76 mkg (1,115.72 mkg). Of this, North India contributed 880.10 mkg (875.57 mkg) and South India 231.66 mkg (240.15 mkg).

Kenya came second with 369.56 mkg (377.91 mkg) followed by Sri Lanka with 326.28 mkg (327.53 mkg).

Each of other producing nations accounted for less than 63 mkg.

The largest production loss of 9.60 mkg has occurred in Indonesia followed by 8.35 mkg in Kenya, 4.60 mkg in Malawi and 3.96 mkg in India.

Bangladesh was the only country which reported an increase in production. Its output rose by 3.02 mkg to reach 62.15 mkg (59.13 mkg).

Published on February 21, 2013

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