Calcutta, April 9: Tea production in January fell 10.70 per cent to 18.69 million kg from 20.93 million kg in the same month last year, Tea Board data showed.
The fall could be attributed to a significant drop in production levels in Assam owing to adverse weather. While Assam Valley produced 0.91 million kg against 2.04 million kg in the same month last year, Cachar’s production stood at 1.04 million kg (1.38 million kg), a shortfall of 24.63 per cent.
Total production from Assam fell 42.69 per cent to 1.96 million kg from 3.42 million kg in the corresponding period of 2011.
“Assam saw very dry conditions. There was no rain at all. Hence, January was not a high production month. There have been no rain in some places at all,” said D.P. Maheshwari, managing director, Jay Shree Tea.
Production in Bengal rose to 2.99 million kg during the month from 2.93 million kg last year, registering a growth of about 2.04 per cent.
Of this, the Dooars contributed 2.84 million kg against 2.68 million kg a year ago and the Terai produced 0.15 million kg compared with 0.24 million kg.
The total north Indian crop was down 1.41 million kg, or 22.15 per cent, at 4.99 million kg.
In south India, production fell 5.65 per cent to 13.69 million kg from 14.51 million kg in 2011. Output in Tamil Nadu fell to 8.93 million kg (9.42 million kg).
Kerala produced 4.38 million kg against 4.68 million kg during the same period last year.
Production in Karnataka fell marginally to 0.38 million kg against 0.40 million kg last year.