Global black tea production in the first quarter (Q1) current calendar has risen by 17.12 per cent over the same period of last year due to high cropping conditions in India and Kenya.

“Global black tea production so far this has risen to 286.78 million kg (mkg) from 244.87 mkg. This increase of 41.91 mkg marked a growth of 17.12 per cent”, Rajesh Gupta, compiler of annual Global Tea Digest told BusinessLine .

“India tops the production table at 103.23 mkg with 21.93 mkg more tea than last year. In most countries, the El Nino factor has influenced the cropping pattern. Now, weather experts are warning of La Nina influence on tea production,” he said.

Kenya’s production has risen by 28.35 mkg to touch 94.28 mkg. Sri Lanka, however, has posted a reduction of 8.94 mkg to dip to 70.05 mkg.

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