Agri Business

Tea production heading for a shortfall

PS SUNDAR Coonoor | Updated on January 23, 2018

August posed to be yet another testing month for India’s tea industry.

Till June, India was the only country posting a higher production than calendar 2014 but by July end, even India’s production fell below 2014 level.

By August end, India’s production continued to rule less than last year. “The official production data released by Tea Board now shows that in August, North India lost 14.26 million kg (mkg) to produce 135.58 mkg. South India, however, produced 2.97 mkg more to soar to 17.13 mkg. Collectively, the country’s production fell by 11.29 mkg to dip to 152.71 mkg,” Rajesh Gupta, compiler of annual Global Tea Digest told BusinessLine. Consequently, eight months’ overall production has fallen below the corresponding period of 2014.

In the North, production dropped by as much as 11.86 mkg to dip to 546.63 mkg due to adverse weather. Assam, the country’s largest tea producing state, lost 16.90 mkg to total 339.73 mkg.

In the South, production rose marginally by 0.16 mkg to total 159.26 mkg. Here, Tamil Nadu lost 1.61 mkg to reach 111.62 mkg. Kerala, however, produced 1.80 mkg more to total 43.47 mkg.

“Collectively, India’s production in the eight months dropped by 11.70 mkg to dip to 705.92 mkg, marking a decline of two per cent,” Rajesh Gupta noted.

Published on October 21, 2015

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