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Global tea output rises 6.27%

P. S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on February 13, 2011 Published on February 13, 2011

tea   -  Business Line

Global black tea output rose 6.27 per cent in calendar year 2010 over the previous year, reveals an analysis of the latest information available with producers and trading organisations.

“According to our compilation, world black tea output totalled 1925.48 million kg (mkg) against 1811.91 mkg. There will be slight variation once we get final data from Uganda and Zimbabwe. Both have reported a higher crop over 2009”, Mr Rajesh Gupta, Director, Global Tea Brokers, told Business Line.

This shows an increase of 113.57 mkg or 6.27 per cent over 2009.

Kenya's output-biggest

The biggest increase of 84.81 mkg has come from Kenya where production rose to 329.38 mkg. Sri Lanka posted an increase of 38.25 mkg to reach 329.38 mkg.

Shortfall in India

But, India, the world's largest black tea producer, suffered a shortfall of 12.60 mkg to dip to 966.40 mkg.

North Indian output lost 11.90 mkg to fall to 723 mkg while South Indian production dropped marginally 0.70 mkg to total 243.40.

Indonesia lost 2.30 mkg to dip to 72.20 mkg, Malawi just lost one mkg to produce 51.60 mkg and Bangladesh lost marginally 0.80 mkg to account for 59.20 mkg.

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Published on February 13, 2011
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