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COVID-19 impact | Assam tea growers happy since price of tea leaves soar

Guwahati Tea Auction is expecting a boom. Small tea growers are also elated due to the fact that this is the highest price that tea has fetched in Assam

August 31, 2020 / 07:28 PM IST
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For owners of tea gardens in Assam, like Dulu Hazarika, who owns 26.5 acres of land in Tinsukia district of Assam, the novel coronavirus induced lockdown has been a blessing in disguise.

The hike in the price of tea has helped owners like him earn a handsome revenue, despite a 40 percent slump in production, News18 reported.

“I have a bought leaf factory along with my garden. At the beginning of March, the green leaves were fetching somewhere around Rs 16-18 per kg. However, the lockdown led to extensive growth of the bushes. We had to prune the bushes for the second time this year, which coincided with the most productive second flush period. Besides, we had to cut the extra growth of the bushes, which also added to the loss of leaves and the productive period. All these have lowered production substantially. Reduction in production had a reciprocal impact on prices. The pandemic has been a blessing in disguise,” said Hazarika, former secretary of the Small Tea Growers Association, Tinsukia, adding that the green tea leaves are being sold at Rs 48-50 per kg.

According to the report, Assam has about 1.5 lakh small tea growers, who contribute sizeably to the total tea produced in the state. Of which, the Tinsukia district alone has about 20,000 small tea growers, which is the highest in the state, according to Hazarika.