The country’s tea production in the first eight months of the current calendar year has dropped by nearly one per cent compared with the same period a year ago, an analysis of the data available with Tea Board and auctioneers shows.

Assam and Darjeeling contributed to the country’s production loss. While Assam continues to be the largest tea producing State in the country at 342.04 million kg (mkg), its output has fallen by 22.46 mkg. Darjeeling lost 18.31 mkg to produce a mere 5.92 mkg.

Till August, North India produced 543.65 mkg against 561.63 mkg in the same months of 2013, marking a decline of 17.98 mkg. Prolonged adverse weather in the tea growing regions of Assam and West Bengal was the major cause for the fall in output.

On the contrary, South India produced 158.49 mkg up 10.76 mkg over last year’s 147.73 mkg. Tamil Nadu’s output rose by 4.83 mkg to 112.61 mkg and Kerala’s by 5.04 mkg to 41.66 mkg.

As the increase in South India was inadequate to offset the loss in North India, overall production in the eight months dropped to 702.14 mkg from 709.36 mkg.

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