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Global black tea output falls

P.S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on November 04, 2011

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World black tea production in the first nine months of the current calendar has fallen by one per cent over the same period of last year, reveals an analysis of the latest information available with tea trading organisations.

“According to our compilation, global black tea production totalled 1419.57 million kg (mkg) so far this year against 1433.37 mkg,” Mr Rajesh Gupta, Director, Global Tea Brokers, told Business Line.

This fall of 13.80 mkg marked a decline of about one per cent. The sharp decline in Kenyan output has offset the marked rise in Indian production.

Kenya lost 29.70 mkg with production dipping to 259.77 mkg. Indonesia's production fell by 9.40 mkg to 41.50 mkg, Uganda by 6.32 mkg to 36.51 mkg, Malawi by 3.19 mkg to 35.50 mkg and Sri Lanka by 3.11 mkg to 245.16 mkg.

Against this, India's production rose by 36.66 mkg to total 729.66 mkg. But, here again, South India lost 4.65 mkg to dip to 175.70 mkg. North Indian production increased by 41.31 mkg to total 553.96 mkg. This was the highest increase posted by any region so far this year.

Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh posted marginal gains.

Published on November 04, 2011

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