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India’s Tea Output Drops 9.7% in 2020 Due to Flood & COVID Restriction; Lifts Average Prices to Record High

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India's tea output drops in 2020The production of tea in India dropped by 9.7% in 2020 due to the flood and movement restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The reduction in the tea production increased the price of tea by 31% from the price of 2019, to a record price of Rs.184.69 per Kg. 

This increase in price has supported the Indian tea industry which was under severe stress due to the rising production cost.

Production of tea in India:

i.India has produced around 1255.60 million kilogram of tea in 2020, which is around 9.7% lesser than the production in 2019.

ii.The production dropped since the flood has damaged the tea gardens in Assam, which produces around 50% of India’s tea production and the output also reduced due to the lack of labour movement due to the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19.

iii.The north-eastern parts of the country are expected to produce a higher output in 2021 due to high rainfall in that region.

Export of Tea:

i.India exports CTC(Crush-tear-curl) grade tea to Egypt and Britain and orthodox varieties tea to Iraq, Iran and Russia.

ii.The Tea export of India during the first 11 months of 2020 has fallen to 18.2% from the previous years 187.92 million Kg.

iii.The price of tea in Sri Lanka and Kenya didn’t rise.

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About Tea Board India:
Chairman- Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah
Headquarters- Kolkata, West Bengal