Agri Business

Tea production up to Aug down by 4.63 mkg

PS SUNDAR Coonoor | Updated on January 16, 2018

Adverse weather in different parts of the country is pulling down tea production in the current year.

“The Tea Board has now released August data, which shows a 3.31 million kg (mkg) fall in North India over August 2015 and a marginal gain of 0.63 mkg in the South, resulting in an overall decline of 2.68 mkg to total 154.56 mkg,” Rajesh Gupta, compiler of the annual ‘Global Tea Digest’, told BusinessLine.

However, North India had fared better in previous months, thanks to rains, even as South India struggled to retain its production level in 2015 due to prolonged dry conditions.

“Our compilation shows that India’s cumulative tea production in the eight months of the current calendar marked a decrease of 4.63 mkg to drop to 717.07 mkg from 721.70 mkg in January-August 2015,” Gupta noted.

Although this marks only a marginal decline of 0.64 per cent, if this trend continues, the country will, for the first time in many recent years, end up producing a volume lower than the previous year.

Up to August, North India has produced 578.07 million kg — up by 15.70 million kg over 2015. South Indian production during this period fell by as much as 20.33 million kg to total 139 million kg.

Published on October 20, 2016

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