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Lower rainfall in Nilgiri tea plantations

P.S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on April 08, 2011


Tea plantations in all agro-climatic zones except the Nilgiris, the largest tea producing district in the South, had received lower rainfall this March than March 2010. The rainfall was lower than the decennial average (10-year average) for the month in all agro-climatic zones.

According to Dr B Radhakrishnan, Assistant Director, UPASI Tea Research Foundation Nilgiris Regional Centre, Kullakamby received the highest rainfall of 1.3 cm (March 2010: Nil, decennial average: 8) followed by Udhagamandalam 1 cm (1.1, 4), Coonoor 0.7 (nil, 8.7), Kundah 0.7 (3, 6.7) and Kotagiri 0.4 (0.1, 10.2).

The cumulative rainfall in the first quarter was the highest in Kotagiri at 23.1 cm (6.5, 17.7), followed by Coonoor 17.8 (3.6, 16), Kullakamby 16.9 (2.3, 14.7), Kundah 10.5 (3.8, 11) and Udhagamandalam 2.8 (1.2, 5.2).

The minimum temperature in tea plantations fluctuated between 8.2 and 16.2 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature varied from 20.4 to 24.3 degrees Celsius.

The average sunshine was 8.8 hours a day, which was more than the average recorded in 10 years.

Published on April 08, 2011

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