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Global black tea production marginally down

PS Sundar Coonoor | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on December 14, 2017




Global black tea production so far this calendar has fallen marginally by 1.21 per cent over the corresponding period of 2016.

“According to the official data received from different producing countries, the global black tea production so far this year has fallen to 1846.04 million kg (mkg) from 1823.69 mkg in the same period of last year,” Rajesh Gupta, compiler of annual Global Tea Digest told Business Line.

This fall of 22.35 mkg marked a decline of 1.21 per cent.

Kenya led the fall with as much as 41.03 mkg to dip to 346.97 mkg. Uganda reported a fall of 8.24 mkg to touch 23.75 mkg while Tanzania lost 2.10 mkg to total 18.27 mkg. Malawi managed to post a marginal gain of 0.90 mkg to reach 36.27 mkg.

In Asia, Bangladesh lost 8.81 mkg to produce 51.86 mkg.

On the contrary, Sri Lanka posted the highest increase of 21.48 mkg to soar to 256.70 mkg.

India continued to top the global black tea production table and its production so far this calendar totalled 1089.87 mkg, up by 15.45 mkg. Here, North India suffered a loss of 2.32 mkg to produce 894.23 mkg while South India gained 17.77 mkg to produce 195.64 mkg.

As this increase was not sufficient to offset the major loss in Africa, the overall output fell marginally.

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Published on December 14, 2017
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