Calcutta, Feb. 3: Tea output grew 6.5 per cent to 1,200.04 million kg in 2013 from 1,126.33 million kg in the previous year.
Conducive weather conditions led to a higher contribution from Bengal, Assam, Dooars and south India, boosting production between October and December.
“Assam, Dooars and south India have all contributed. Planters have been taking continuous steps to increase production. But this year the weather has been conducive. More contribution has come in from small tea growers,” said Arun N. Singh, chairman, Indian Tea Association.
Production in Assam, the largest tea-growing state, grew 28.02 million kg to 618.14 million kg in 2013 from 590.12 million kg in 2012. However, Cachar output fell to 48.28 million kg from 52.87 million kg the year before, according to Tea Board estimates.
Production in Bengal was up 35.96 million kg to 315.26 million kg from 279.30 million kg.
Darjeeling recorded a 13.66 per cent higher crop at 10.15 million kg, while the Dooars and Terai region clocked a better production by 14.51 per cent and 10.55 per cent, respectively.
Production by small growers reached 368 million kg in 2012-13, contributing 33 per cent to the total production. Around 53.9 per cent of small growers are in south India and 46.1 per cent in the north.
Small tea growers are those with about 25 acres under cultivation or less.