Despite lower production in the South, the country’s overall tea output in the first four months of the current calendar has increased by 8.08 per cent over the same month last year due to a significant rise in the North.

“The Tea Board has now released the data for April and our compilation shows that India produced 172.99 million kg (mkg) till April compared to 160.06 mkg in January-April 2015,” Rajesh Gupta, compiler of annual ‘Global Tea Digest’, told BusinessLine.

This gain of 12.93 mkg marks a growth of 8.08 per cent.

North Indian production has risen by 23.77 mkg to reach 111.20 mkg. Assam tops the country’s production table at 66.21 mkg – up by 17.75 mkg over the same period last year. West Bengal’s production has increased by 5.71 mkg to reach 41.81 mkg. Here, Darjeeling lost marginally by 0.27 mkg to produce 1.22 mkg.

On the contrary, South India’s production has fallen by 10.84 mkg to 61.79 mkg. Here, Tamil Nadu lost 7.25 mkg to produce 42.78 mkg while Kerala, dipped 3.29 mkg to produce 17.38 mkg.

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