The prolonged lockdown induced by Covid-19 coupled with adverse climate, specifically in the North East, has pulled down the country’s tea output in 2020.
“Tea Board has now released the facts for December and our compilation demonstrates that in 2020, India’s tea output nosedived to one,255.60 million kg (mkg) from one,390.08 mkg in 2019,” compiler of ‘Global Tea Digest’ Rajesh Gupta informed BusinessLine.
This marked a whopping shortfall of 134.48 mkg or 9.67 for each cent. This took place even with an improve in output in the South.
“North Indian output crashed to one,034.06 mkg from one,171.09 mkg, marking a enormous drop of 137.03 mkg or eleven.70 for each cent,” Gupta reported.
Assam ongoing to top rated the output table but just after dropping ninety eight.fourteen mkg to dip to 618.35 mkg.
“South India, on the other hand, made 2.fifty five mkg (one.sixteen for each cent) more to attain 221.fifty four mkg from 218.99 mkg in 2019,” Gupta reported.
Even so, this improve was significantly inadequate to offset the reduction in North.
In the South also, Tamil Nadu shed one.eighty two mkg to dip to 153.49 mkg from 155.31 mkg.
In result, Kerala and Karnataka were being the only states which posted an improve in output.
Average selling price for environmentally friendly leaf
Meanwhile, the Tea Board has introduced that the district regular selling price for environmentally friendly leaf of the smaller growers in The Nilgiris district for the duration of February is ₹21.sixty five a kg.
Tea Board’s Government Director M Balaji reported this was mounted based on the consolidated auction selling price of CTC teas from acquired leaf factories in January.
The selling price mounted for January was ₹17.94 and so, this month’s selling price is ₹3.71 or twenty.sixty eight for each cent more than past thirty day period.
As factories usually acquire four kgs of environmentally friendly leaf to manufacture one particular kg of produced tea, the growers will get all over ₹15 more for each kg created in February compared to past thirty day period.
Even so, the selling price is substantially more compared to February past calendar year when the selling price was ₹13.10. This improve of ₹8.fifty five marked a get of as significantly as sixty five.27 for each cent.
Therefore, compared to February past calendar year, growers will now get about ₹32 more for each kg of created tea this thirty day period.