KOLKATA: Country has witnessed a drop of 11.5 per cent in the tea production during the periof of Januray-May 2012.
As per the crop survey conducted by the Tea Board of India, the tea production during the January-May period plunged by 28 million kg, as against with the corresponding period last year.
The fall in the production is mainly due to unfavourable weather conditions. Excluding Cachar, the decline is visible across all the tea growing regions in North and South India, as per the statement issued by the Indian Tea Association (ITA).
In May 2012, the North Indian crop fell by 2 million kg while that of South India was down by 1.6 million kg.
According to a recently ITA-conducted survey, the major tea areas covering Upper Assam, Assam's North Bank, Central Assam, Cachar, Dooars and Terai experienced a further drop of 3 million kg in June this year, as compared with the same period last year.