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Tea industry heading towards crisis: Planters' body

Secretary General of TAI, P K Bhattacharya, said there has been a substantial drop in tea prices during November, both in Assam and West Bengal.

November 23, 2021 / 01:37 PM IST
A once-in-a-century drought last year followed by torrential rain this year has decimated tea crops and left Taiwan's farmers scrambling to adapt to the extreme weather changes. (Image: Reuters)

A once-in-a-century drought last year followed by torrential rain this year has decimated tea crops and left Taiwan's farmers scrambling to adapt to the extreme weather changes. (Image: Reuters)

The Tea Association of India (TAI) has expressed concern over decline in prices and drop in production, and cautioned that the industry could be heading towards a crisis.

Secretary General of TAI, P K Bhattacharya, said there has been a substantial drop in tea prices during November, both in Assam and West Bengal.

Input prices have also seen a steep rise, the planters’ body said. It said the total projected crop in 2021 is 1,330 million kg, a decline from 1,400 million kg in 2020, due to poor weather conditions and pest-related issues.

It said the total projected crop in 2021 is 1,330 million kg, a decline from 1,400 million kg in 2020, due to poor weather conditions and pest-related issues.

Bhattacharya said around 28 per cent of the crop is produced between October and mid-December. He said coupled with the price decline, wages have also risen – 201 per cent in West Bengal from 2011-2021 and 186 per cent in Assam during the same period.
PTI
first published: Nov 23, 2021 01:37 pm

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