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Global black tea output up 9.18%

Our Correspondent Coonoor | Updated on December 12, 2013

Global black tea production has increased by 9.18 per cent so far this calendar over last year, according to an analysis of the latest data available with Tea Board and traders’ bodies.

“According to our compilation, global black tea production rose to 1,860.32 million kg (mkg) from 1,703.85 mkg,” Rajesh Gupta, publisher of ‘Global Tea Digest 2013’ told Business Line.

This increase of 156.47 mkg marks a growth of 9.18 per cent.

All countries except Uganda have posted an increase in production over last year. Even Uganda has posted only a marginal shortfall of 0.73 mkg till October to produce 45 mkg.

India tops the black tea table with a massive output of 1,028.68 mkg till October (up 76.23 mkg over last year) despite South India posting a fall of 0.16 mkg to dip to 195.77 mkg as North India’s production has risen by a whopping 76.39 mkg to produce 823.91 mkg.

The increase of 76.23 mkg posted by India was the highest gain achieved by any country.

Kenya posted the second highest increase of 66.33 mkg to produce 354.52 mkg.

Sri Lanka came third producing 278.25 mkg (up 8.30 mkg). Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malawi and Tanzania follow with higher output.

Published on December 12, 2013

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