Agri Business

Global tea production down 14.7%

P.S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on April 12, 2011

Fall in global tea production: A vendor selling tea packets in Kochi. — File Photo: K.K. Mustafah

Global tea production in the first two months of current calendar has fallen by 14.70 per cent over the same period of 2010, reveals an analysis of the latest information received from various producing and trading sources.

“According to our compilation, production dropped to 166.21 million kg (mkg) from 194.84 mkg”, Mr Rajesh Gupta, Director, Global tea Brokers, told Business Line.

This decline of 28.63 mkg marks a fall of 14.70 per cent. All producing countries, except Bangladesh, have posted a lower output. Kenya leads with a reduction of 9.84 mkg to dip its output to 62.71 mkg.

Sri Lanka's output has fallen by 9.34 mkg to total 42.63 mkg.

Some sources, however, contend that the fall was 8.81 mkg to dip to 42.41 mkg. India's production has fallen by 7.39 mkg to total 37.67 mkg. Of this, South India has lost 4.58 mkg to reach 30.25 mkg.

North Indian output declined by 2.81 mkg to reach 7.42 mkg. Indonesia lost 2.20 mkg to reach 9.20 mkg.

Bangladesh posted a marginal increase of 0.14 mkg to touch 0.40 mkg. Malawi's crop stood flat at 13.60 mkg.

Published on April 12, 2011

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