Commodities

India’s tea production up 7% till may

P. S. Sundar | | Updated on: Jul 03, 2019
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Tea production in the country this calendar year is heading for another record reversing the fall in the calendar year 2017.

This follows increase in output in North India exceeding the loss in the South.

“Tea Board has now released the data for May which shows a total production of 134.79 million kg (mkg) against 122.52 mkg in 2018. This increase of 12.27 mkg marked a growth of 10.01 per cent”, Rajesh Gupta, compiler of annual Global Tea Digest, told BusinessLine .

“North India produced 112.80 mkg against 96.38 in May 2018, marking a gain of 16.42 mkg or 17.04 per cent”, he noted.

However, South India suffered due to adverse weather, mostly dry weather on plantation areas.

South Indian tea production dropped to 21.99 mkg from 26.14 mkg, marking a loss of 4.15 mkg or 15.88 per cent.

The same trend is visible in the cumulative output for the five months.

“Our compilation shows that the country produced 322.82 mkg in the five months against 302.70 mkg last year. This increase of 20.12 mkg marked a gain of 6.65 per cent’, Rajesh Gupta said.

the fall in production in South is 11.48 mkg or 13.20 per cent to 75.52 mkg from 87 mkg in Jan-May 2018.

The North Indian output rose to 247.30 mkg from 215.70 in Jan-May 2018, marking a gain of 31.60 mkg or 14.65 per cent.

The country’s tea production this year is expected to rise to 1,333 mkg against 1,312 mkg produced in 2018, producing sources opined.

An all-time high output is 1,322 mkg in 2017.

Published on July 03, 2019

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