Tea crop affected in north India due to rains: TAI
The tea producing belt of north India, comprising the regions of Assam and North Bengal, has been battered by the severe rainfall, according to Tea Association of India (TAI), an apex body of tea planters of the country.
A spokesman of TAI said that the north India region produces 81 per cent of the country’s total tea production.
The crop declined 11 per cent in Assam in June 2022 at 76.87 million kg from 86.37 million kg in the same month of previous year. In Barak Valley NSE 0.92 %, the crop decreased to 4.26 million kg in June 2022 as against 4.26 million kg in the previous year same month of 2021 at 5.08 million kg, showing a decline of 16.14 per cent, the TAI said.
In Dooars region of West Bengal, the crop decreased to 21.92 million kg in June, 2022, as compared to 27.75 million kg in June 2021, reflecting a fall of 21.01 per cent. Terai crop also showed a decrease 19.03 per cent in June 2022 at 17.15 million kg as against 21.18 million kg in June 2021, the spokesman said.
Tea production in Assam, North Bengal impacted significantly by nature’s fury
Tea production has been affected to the extent that Assam and Cachar face 11% and 16% drop respectively and Dooars and Terai face 21% and 19% drop respectively for the month of June, 2022 vis-a-vis corresponding period of the previous year
The Tea Industry in North East India comprising Assam and North Bengal produces almost 81% of country’s total production. This region has been battered by the fury of the nature that has witnessed severe rainfall and flood situation the ferocity of which has not been witnessed in the recent s times.
P.K. Bhattacharjee Secretary General Tea Association of India stated, “The crop has been affected to the extent that Assam and Cachar face 11% and 16% drop respectively and Dooars and Terai face 21% and 19% drop respectively for the month of June, 2022 vis-a-vis corresponding period of the previous year. Further to the above the Industry has recently been impacted by a rise in wages by Rs.30/- per day in North Bengal and a rise in wages in Assam cannot be ruled out”.
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