India, a big contributor in the rise of global black tea production

Global black tea production so far this calendar has increased by 23.81 million kg (million kg), thanks to India heading towards a record output even though Kenya has recorded a loss in production.

“According to our compilation of the latest production data received from various producing countries, the global black tea output so far this year has increased to 1,624.41 million kg from 1,600.60 million kg in 2018,” Rajesh Gupta, compiler of Global Tea Digest, told BusinessLine.

This increase of 23.81 million kg marked a gain of 1.49 per cent. The increase would have been higher had it not been for a fall of as much as 22.46 million kg or 7.40 per cent in Kenya, where the production dropped to 281.24 million kg from 303.70 million kg due to unfavourable weather conditions during much of this year.

“India has produced 1006.36 million kg against 979.20 million kg in 2018, marking an increase of 27.16 million kg or 2.77 per cent,” Gupta said.

Production would have been higher had it not been for a fall of 4.57 million kg or 2.88 per cent in South India where the output dropped to 153.93 million kg from 158.50 million kg due to adverse weather in Tamil Nadu.

North Indian production rose by as much as 31.73 million kg or 3.87 per cent to reach 852.43 million kg from 820.70 million kg.

Collectively, India is heading for record production this calendar. Producers anticipate output reaching an all-time high level of 1,365 million kg against 1,339 million kg in 2018.

Sri Lanka’s output increased by 8.83 million kg or 3.97 per cent to reach 230.97 million kg from 222.14 million kg. India topped the global black tea production table with Kenya at a distant second and Sri Lanka, third.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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