Agri Business

Q3 tea production down on adverse weather

PS SUNDAR Coonoor | Updated on January 22, 2018

Tea production

Indian tea production is heading for a shortfall in calendar 2015 – for the first time in recent years.

“Tea Board has now come out with its estimate of September production and a compilation for year so far shows that in the first three-quarters, India has lost 20.22 million kg (mkg) or 2.32 per cent over the same period of 2014,” Rajesh Gupta, compiler of Global Tea Digest, told BusinessLine.

Adverse weather has pulled down the production in both North and South India.

North India accounted for the bulk of loss of 18.93 mkg with production drifting to 677.10 mkg. Assam, the country’s largest tea producing State, lost as much as 17.67 mkg to total 427.68 mkg. West Bengal lost 1.94 mkg to dip to 230.38 mkg.

South Indian production fell by 1.29 mkg to total 177.63 mkg. Here, Tamil Nadu reported a fall of 2.09 mkg to reach 125.05 mkg. Kerala posted a marginal increase.

“Collectively, India’s production till September dropped to 854.73 mkg from 874.95 in the corresponding months of last calendar,” Rajesh Gupta noted.

In the last few years, India has been posting record production year after year. At the present going, industry sources estimate the current calendar to end up with a production of around 100 mkg – some 20 mkg less than last year.

Published on November 12, 2015

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