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Floods, coronavirus dents India’s tea output in first half of 2020 – enterprise information


India’s tea manufacturing within the first half of 2020 fell 26.4% from a yr in the past to 348.26 million kilograms (kg) as heavy floods and coronavirus motion restrictions curbed output in the principle producing area, the state-run Tea Board stated in an announcement.

Tea rising areas, notably Assam – which accounts for greater than half the nation’s manufacturing – suffered flooding in Might, June and July.

Home costs have risen to a file excessive because of this, which can restrict exports by the world’s second-biggest producer, probably enabling Kenya and Sri Lanka to ship extra, a number of commerce sources stated.

In June, India produced 138.52 million kilograms of tea, down 8% from a yr in the past as plucking was affected by floods in north-eastern state of Assam, the Tea Board stated.

Sujit Patra, secretary at Indian Tea Affiliation stated a restoration within the crop was unlikely within the second half of the yr.

In July, weekly public sale costs jumped to a file of 232.60 rupees ($3.12) per kg, up 57% from a yr in the past, in keeping with the Tea Board.

India’s tea exports within the first 5 months of 2020 fell 26.6% from a yr in the past to 74.40 million kilograms, it stated.

The nation exports CTC (crush-tear-curl) grade primarily to Egypt, Pakistan and the UK, with the orthodox selection shipped to Iraq, Iran and Russia.

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