India’s tea production rose to 74.59 million kg in March, an increase of 13.55 million kg or 22.2%, from 61.04 million kg in March 2018, according to latest data released by the Tea Board.
From January to March, the cumulative production of tea in the country rose to 103.61 million kg, a gain of 11.41 million kg or 12.38 per cent from 92.20 million kg in the corresponding period last year.
Production from the North in Q1 rose to 64.13 million kg from 53.86 million kg in the same quarter last year, posting a gain of 10.27 million kg or 19.07%.
South Indian production in Q1 rose to 39.48 million kg from 38.34 in Q1 of 2018, a marginal gain of 1.14 million kg or 3 per cent, because of favourable weather in Tamil Nadu. The State’s production rose to 27.08 million kg from 25.79 million kg, while Kerala’s production dropped to 11.55 million kg (from 11.61 million kg).