Updated: 30. Oct. 2022 14:54 IST
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]October 30 (ANI): The Tea Board of India on Sunday said that the total tea production in the country is estimated to be 190 million kilograms (mkg) during September, against 163 mkg in the year-ago month, which is an increase. of 16.5 percent.
The production of tea leaves by the largest producer among states, Assam, is estimated at 109 mkg in the month under review against 92 mkg in the corresponding previous year while West Bengal’s production is pegged at 52.94 mkg in September, against 46.32 mkg in the previous year period.
The production of tea from North India is estimated at 166.75 mkg, against 142.56 in September the previous year. The production of tea leaves in the South is estimated to be 23.28 mkg, against 20.61 mkg in September the previous month.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Cha Parishad (BCP) president Nalin Khemani last week said that the Assam tea industry is facing the biggest challenge of stagnant prices, along with high cost in production and low productivity. Khemani spoke about the lines of competitiveness between states at the annual general meeting of the BCP. The president also said that the cost of labor per hectare in managing a tea garden in Assam is Rs 787.5 against Rs 341.8 in the southern state.
During these four months, he said, “Industry is facing a huge shortage of workers resulting in poor quality of the crop. The time has come for us to implement mechanized harvesting to improve the productivity of the Assam Tea Industry.”
The president also mentioned that Assam produces 60 percent of its annual output in four months from July to September. (ANI)