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Tea output tops 1 b kg again

P. S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on February 15, 2013

Tea leaves

For the second consecutive year in 2012, tea production crossed the 1,000-million-kg (mkg) mark although the output was lower than in 2011, reveals an analysis of the latest data available with the Tea Board and traders’ bodies.

According to Tea Board’s latest figures, the country’s output in 2012 dropped to 1,111.76 mkg from 1,115.72 mkg. This fall of 3.96 mkg has happened because of a marked reduction in the South, even as North India output increased.

North India production rose by 4.53 mkg to reach 880.10 mkg. Assam continued to top the country’s tea table although its production of 588.27 mkg was marginally lower than 589.11 mkg in 2011. West Bengal produced 275.83 mkg against 271.60 mkg in 2011. Here, Darjeeling output dropped to 8.61 mkg from 9.14 mkg in 2011. In general, North-eastern States produced more.

South India output dropped by 8.49 mkg to 231.66 mkg. Tamil Nadu’s production declined to 162.84 mkg from 165.89 mkg. Kerala’s output fell to 63.10 mkg from 68.83 mkg.

Published on February 15, 2013

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