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Tea output up 6%

Calcutta, May 21: Domestic tea production rose 6.19 per cent to 1,205.40 million kg during 2013-14 on the back of a higher crop quantity in Bengal and Assam.

Total output stood at 1,135.07 million kg during the previous fiscal.

Assam Valley produced 574.81 million kg compared with 535.57 million kg in 2012-13, while Cachar’s output dropped to 48.45 million kg from 52.57 million kg a year ago.

Assam’s total contribution increased 5.97 per cent to 623.26 million kg from 588.14 million kg in the financial year ended March 2013.

Bengal’s contribution rose 9 per cent to 313.43 million kg from 287.32 million kg in the previous year.

The Dooars produced 179.79 million kg against 160.16 million kg, while Terai recorded 124.64 million kg against 117.07 million kg. Darjeeling saw its share decline to 9 million kg from 10.09 million kg in the last fiscal.

“Last year, we had a good crop, a good weather and healthy exports. We saw a record crop. The adverse effect of weather has only been felt from April this year,” said Sujit Patra, joint secretary of the Indian Tea Association.

The combined contribution of Assam, one of the largest tea producing states, and Bengal stood at 936.69 million kg against 875.46 million kg.

Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka together produced 244.44 million kg, up 1.13 per cent from 241.69 million kg during 2012-13.

 
 
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