In January 2018, India’s tea production was down by 10.49 per cent from 19.16 million kg last year to 17.15 million kg, according to data of Tea Board India.
The decrease of 2.01 million kg in January in the amount of production can be attributed to the fall in production in north India.
Assam’s production for the month was stagnant at 1.32 mn kg as compared to 1.31 mn kg produced in the corresponding month of 2017 while West Bengal’s production for the month stood at 3.33 mn kg, down by 25.66 percent from 4.48 mn kg produced in the same month of 2017 from north India.
The combined estimated production of Assam, West Bengal and some other states decreased by 20.49 per cent to 4.81 million kg as against 6.05 mn kg produced in January 2017, it was found after a detailed review by the board.
In south India, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka and in some other states, the tea production decreased by 5.87 per cent to 12.34 mn kg in January 2018 as against 13.11 mn kg produced in same month last year. In India, small growers produced 8.32 mn kg in January 2018, as against 9.85 mn kg produced by them in the year-ago month.