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Tea output declines 4% to 129.68 million kg in Oct

Tea production declined by 4 per cent to 129.68 million kg in October due to fall in output in major producing states of Assam and West Bengal. Tea production was 135.21 million kg in the same month last year, the Tea board said.

January 01, 2013 / 01:02 PM IST

Tea production declined by 4 per cent to 129.68 million kg in October due to fall in output in major producing states of Assam and West Bengal. Tea production was 135.21 million kg in the same month last year, the Tea board said.


Tea output in Assam fell by 6 per cent to 71.80 million kg in October 2012 from 76.49 million kg in the year-ago period, while the production in West Bengal declined by 7 per cent to 31.47 million kg from 33.79 million kg during the period.


The decline in Assam and West Bengal affected the total production from North India, which registered a fall of 6 per cent to 104.75 million kg in October this year from 111.88 million kg in October 2011.

Assam and West Bengal account for 50 per cent of tea production of the country. Tea production in South India rose by 7 per cent to 24.93 million kg from 23.33 million kg during the review period. In the first seven months of this fiscal, production of the brew was down marginally to 819.99 million kg from 823.88 million kg in April-October of 2011-12 fiscal. India is the world's second-largest producer and the biggest consumer of tea. 

first published: Dec 31, 2012 05:14 pm

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