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Cachar tea hits country high

Silchar, July 29: Cachar has emerged as the lone tea-producing belt in the country this season to record high production.

Other tea-producing regions in the country have recorded low production figures in face of unfavourable weather conditions.

R. Kujur, assistant director of tea development in the local regional office of Tea Board, said the Cachar belt, comprising 104 gardens spread over Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts, recorded a processed tea production of 15 million kg till June this year against 14 million kg produced in the corresponding period last year.

Though planters do not find the output figures very encouraging, they are happy considering the depressing yield in gardens in India’s north, east, south and the Northeast.

Cachar produced overall 48 million kg last year while the rest of Assam produced 428 million kg against a nationwide production of 988 million kg. Gardens here were able to maintain their average production up to June this year mainly because of favourable weather conditions with adequate showers by night followed by sunny days, Tea Board sources said.

According to Tea Board estimates, tea output during the first five months this year is 28 million kg less than the crop figure in the corresponding period last year.

Tea production in north and south India has plummeted by 2 and 1.6 million kg respectively, creating concern in the tea industry.

Planters, however, are looking forward to the next five months for increasing yield as Met department reports suggest improvement of the monsoon cycle in the country over the next couple of months.