Dry Jan, Feb in Assam, West Bengal making tea cos stressed, exports may

Tea estates in Assam and West Bengal have gotten 50 per cent lower rains in the months of January and February compared to the exact same months in 2015 which will affect the production of first flush teas and that might negatively impact Indian exports, the tea business said.First flush teas, which are produced in March and April, are exported and are likewise utilized to refurbish the tea blends. Rain to the tune of 40 cm is required for producing first flush teas however this year the estates have actually gotten only 20 cm of rains. The total production of first flush teas is to the tune of 100 million kg. India is the largest black tea manufacturer worldwide with annual production of around 1390 million kg.”The weather is very dry in Assam, the greatest tea producing area in the nation. We had an average rains of 15-20 cm in January and February this year compared to 35-40 cm in the exact same months last year. In 2015, it rained for 10-12 days throughout the tea estates. However this year it has actually only rained for 3-6 days,” stated Azam Monem, director, McLeod Russel India.

Dry weather condition could become a significant issue to tea industry and Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated summertime will be hotter this year in a lot of parts of the country. IMD stated that maximum temperature level will be as high as 0.86 degree centigrade greater than normal across northern, eastern and western India.

“If this dry spell continues then very first flush teas that are produced in the months of March and April might get impacted. If that takes place, then it will likewise have an impact on 2nd flush likewise. However, we are expecting that the weather will improve in the next one to two weeks,” stated D.P. Maheshwari, handling director of Jay Shree Tea & Industries.Monem said the Guwahati tea auction centre has actually dropped auction sales for the next 2 weeks as there are hardly any teas left at the centre.Last year, the first flush tea production was impacted due to the pandemic caused lockdown. When the tea estates resumed in mid-April, it took a month to prune the bushes so they might start producing quality tea leaves.Monem pointed out that Indian tea exports might take a hit this year as production in Kenya, the greatest black tea competitor for India in the world market, has actually produced more teas. Kenya’s production has actually increased to 570.44 million kg from 458.85 million kg last year, a gain of 111.59 million kg.”All eyes are on how worldwide tea prices act this year. The earnings of Assam tea employees have actually been increased by Rs 50 per kg to Rs 217. If prices do not increase, it will be a challenging year for the tea trade,” he added.

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