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Nilgiris tea production up 2.5% in 2018

PS Sundar Coonoor | Updated on January 12, 2019 Published on January 11, 2019

Tea companies in The Nilgiris, the largest tea growing district in South India, have reported to the Tea Board that their production in calendar 2018 had risen 2.52 per cent over 2017.

December 2018 was a better cropping month in The Nilgiris because of higher temperature and less frost damage compared to December 2017.

Consequently, tea companies in the district produced 1.01 million kg (mkg) in December against 0.86 mkg in December 2017, an increase of 0.15 mkg or as much as 17.44 per cent.

This was more than the normal as measured by the 5-year mean for the month (1.44 mkg), marking a gain of 0.13 mkg or 15.12 per cent.

This saw tea companies produce 15.88 mkg in 2018 against 15.49 mkg in 2017.

Published on January 11, 2019
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