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Global black tea output dips 4.42%

PS SUNDAR Coonoor | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on February 25, 2016

KERALA, VALPARAI, 23/10/2013.Workers weighing tea leaves on a tea plantation near Valparai, Tamil Nadu. Workers get paid at the rate of Rs. 191 day for which they have to pick 25 kg of leaves. Every additional kg gets Rs. 3. Shortage of workers is now a major problem being faced by the tea industry in South India.Most of the land in the region is owned by private tea companies. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

Global black tea production in calendar 2015 declined from last year levels due to adverse weather in most producing countries.

“Our compilation shows that global black tea production dropped to 2,089.89 million kg (mkg) in 2015 from 2,186.63 mkg”, Rajesh Gupta, compiler of Global Tea Digest 2015, told BusinessLine.

Led by Kenya and India, global black tea production in 2015 declined by 96.74 mkg or 4.42 per cent. Kenya accounted for the biggest loss of 45.90 mkg when its production fell to 399.20 mkg.

India recorded the second largest loss in production at 16.21 mkg with the output dropping to 1191.10 mkg. Uganda lost 13.75 mkg to reach 51.62 mkg, while Sri Lanka lost 10.54 mkg to 326.07 mkg, Malawi 6.46 mkg to reach 39.41 and Tanzania 4.27 mkg to touch 20.97 mkg.

While North India lost a marginal 1.57 mkg to produce 963.63 mkg, South India lost 14.64 mkg to produce 227.47 mkg.

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Published on February 25, 2016
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