India tea production drops, but exports are higher – Tea Board

India’s tea exports grew by 7.25% in quantity and 4.2% in value during 2015-16 (April-October) against the same period last year, the Tea Board said in a statement.

It said the provisional tea exports pegged tea exports at 119.25 million kgs valued at Rs. 2,318.07 crore during 2015-16 (April-October), while the export during the corresponding period last year was 111.19 million kgs valued at Rs. 2224.54 crore.

Exports to major buying countries such as Russia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, UAE, Iran, Bangladesh and Pakistan had risen, it said.

Tea production in the same period was, however, marginally lower. It fell by 6.62 million kgs (-0.69%) to 946.49 million kg against 953.59 million kg in the same period last year.

This decline, it said, was mainly attributable to the fall in South India’s production from 155.8 million kg to 148.58 million kg. Production in the country’s north rose 0.08 percent, or to 7.22 million kg 798.39 million kg.

“An important point to note in the above data is that the production of Bought Leaf Factories (BLF sector) increased by 1.52% on an all-India basis, which indicates an increase of small tea growers’ share in the total production. This increase was mainly attributable to the rise in the BLF sector’s production in North India from 242.14 million kgs during the period April-October 2014-15 to 249.23 million kgs during the corresponding period this year,” a Tea Board statement said.

South India’s BLF sector production saw a fall of 3.81% from 155.8 million kgs during the period April-October 2014-15 to 148.58 million kgs during the corresponding period this year, the statement said, adding the quantity of tea sold at auction centres all over India saw a marginal increase of 0.5% but the average price realised fell by 3.1% on an all-India basis during 2015- 16 (April-October) against the same period last year.

 

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