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Rains brighten prospects for post-winter quality teas

PS Sundar Coonoor | Updated on May 15, 2018 Published on May 15, 2018

Green Billimalai Estate near Coonoor after a spell of rains   -  PS SUNDAR

It has rained almost every day so far this month in The Nilgiris bringing the much-needed greenery to the tea plantations. This will help South India’s largest tea producing district to manufacture top quality post-winter teas.

“The rains have been adequate during peak summer . The forenoons have been sunny. Such a mixture of rain with sun is excellent for the growth of quality tea leaves. This is evident from the greenery along the plantations”, G Udayakumar, Director, Avataa Beverages Billimalai Estate, told Business Line.

Now, after the rains, the bushes are ready for the production of post-winter premium speciality tea”, Avataa Speciality Tea specialist ENR Vejayashekara said.

“The rains have increased the succulence in the leaves augmenting the taste, fragrance and quality of the liquor. This May is an excellent month for the production of high-class speciality tea brightening the scope for India to rise in the global market”, he noted.

Meanwhile, the UPASI Tea Research Foundation said that all agro-climatic zones in The Nilgiris had received more rainfall in April than in April 2017 and the normal rainfall as measured by the decennial (10-year) average for the month.

Published on May 15, 2018
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