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Heatwaves and absence of rains take a toll on tea production in North India estates

The serious climate condition consisting of heatwaves and absence of appropriate rains in the North Indian tea growing areas consisting of Assam and West Bengal have actually affected production of the crop impacting both quality and amount.

In April this year, overall crop in North India was down by 8.74 million kg (mkg) at 63.71 mkg as compared to 72.45 mkg in 2015. Nevertheless, throughout January-April 2023, overall crop in North India was partially up by 5.63 mkg (4 percent) at 132.13 mkg. The crop in South India was down by 8.08 mkg at 59.85 mkg throughout January-April 2023 over very same duration in 2015. So the nation’s overall production was down by 2.45 mkg at 191.98 mkg (194.43 mkg) throughout the stated duration.

According to senior market specialists, irregular weather condition patterns, severe temperature levels and inadequate rains have actually seriously impacted both the quality and amount of tea production. In addition to environment obstacles, the market is dealing with controlled need in both domestic and global markets, the Tea Association of India (TAI) stated.

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Throughout Might 2023, Assam had actually signed up almost 30-40 percent shortage in rains while in North Bengal it was down by 15-25 percent. While production in Assam in Might is approximated to be up by around 15-20 percent, the very same in Dooars is most likely to be down by 18-20 percent and in Darjeeling by almost 35 percent. “The outlook does not look great. There were bad rains in May and in June now we have had some showers. The very first flush crop was terribly impacted. If rains gets in the occurring days then we can anticipate production of 2nd flush crop to get,” Sujit Patra, previous secretary of Indian Tea Association informed businessline

Rates tightening.

The lower crop has actually resulted in tightening of rates throughout different auction centres. According to information readily available on the Tea Board of India site, the typical rates of CTC leaf and dust for the week ending June 3, was up by almost 5 percent at around 199 a kg at the Kolkata auction centre; around 13 percent up at 207 a kg at the Guwahati auction centre; almost 9 percent up at 131 a kg at the Cochin auction centre and nearly 11 percent up at 93 a kg at the Coonoor auction centre.

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Domestic tea production throughout fiscal year 2022 stayed flat on a year-on-year basis and was almost 4 percent lower compared to pre-Covid levels (CY2019). Successive 3 years of lower production, post CY2019, together with substantial boost in exports in CY2022, would keep the domestic pipeline stock at a low level and in turn offer some assistance to rates in the brand-new season till a minimum of the peak production months of July/August, a current report by ICRA had actually stated.


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