Tea production down 20%

P S SUNDAR Coonoor | Updated on January 16, 2018

KERALA, VALPARAI, 23/10/2013.Workers weighing tea leaves on a tea plantation near Valparai, Tamil Nadu. Workers get paid at the rate of Rs. 191 day for which they have to pick 25 kg of leaves. Every additional kg gets Rs. 3. Shortage of workers is now a major problem being faced by the tea industry in South India.Most of the land in the region is owned by private tea companies. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

Tea production in the Nilgiris, the largest tea growing district in the South, has fallen by 20.22 per cent till October compared to 2015. Tea companies in the Nilgiris have reported to Tea Board that following adverse weather, their production in October dropped to 0.89 million kg (mkg) from 1.52 mkg in October 2015. This drop of 0.63 mkg marked a decline of as much as 41.44 per cent. Due to prolonged dry conditions in many months of current calendar, the cumulative output of tea companies in the 10 months has fallen to 10.81 mkg from 13.55 mkg in the same period of 2015. This drop of 2.74 mkg marked a decline of 20.22 per cent.

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