Calcutta, Sept. 9: Tea production in July has grown 16.57 per cent to 155.06 million kg over the same period last year, led by a higher output in Bengal and Assam. However, the crop quantity in south India fell 17 per cent.
According to Tea Board estimates, production in Assam grew 15.61 million kg to 92.90 million kg with the contribution from Assam Valley and Cachar rising 22.11 per cent and 0.44 per cent, respectively. The output in Darjeeling slipped 14.18 per cent to 1.15 million kg.
However, the overall production in Bengal went up 8.84 million kg to 41.17 million kg. The Dooars and Terai produced 24.91 million kg and 15.65 million kg each.
“There has been a good crop in July. Normally, it gets affected because of heavy rain. But this year, there has been comparatively lesser rain in the Northeast,” Indian Tea Association chairman Arun N. Singh said.
Total production in north India stood at 138.23 million kg against 112.53 million kg in July 2012, a rise of about 22.84 per cent.
In the south, Tamil Nadu produced 13.35 million kg against 15.02 million kg last year. In Kerala, output fell 1.84 million kg to 3.16 million kg, while Karnataka saw a drop of 31.91 per cent to 0.32 million kg. This took south India’s production to 16.83 million kg against 20.49 million kg last year.