As per the data released from the Tea Board, India’s estimated tea production fell by around 3.7 per cent to 176.44 million kg in October from 183.23 million kg produced in the year-ago month.
Tea exports during the January-October period were up by about 1.17 per cent to 200.38 million kg as against 198.06 million kg exported in the year-ago period and in value terms, exports during the first 10 months of the current calendar year were at Rs 4,061.81 crore as compared to Rs 3,911.05 crore in the corresponding period last year. This data is as per the records of Tea Board.
The reason for the fall in the month of October was due to the drop in crop production in north India.
The estimated production for Assam for the October month decreased to 96.21 million kg as compared to 104.13 million kg produced in the corresponding month of 2017, whereas the estimated production of West Bengal for the month stood at 50.68 million kg which was down from 53.96 million kg produced in the same month of last year.
If collectively taking the estimated crop production during the month of October in north India (Assam, West Bengal and others together), the production decreased to 150.55 million kg as against 162.06 million kg produced in October 2017. Whereas, in south India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka), the tea production was at 25.89 million kg in October as against 21.17 million kg produced in the same month last year.