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Economy Jul 16, 2013

Tea production declines 2 percent in May as Assam output falls

New Delhi: Tea production in the country declined 2.17 percent to 101.18 million kg in May due to a fall in output in Assam, according to government data.

Output in the same month last year stood at 103.42 million kg, the Tea Board said in an estimate.

An Assam tea garden. Simantik Dowerah/Firstpost

An Assam tea garden. Simantik Dowerah/Firstpost

In Assam, tea production fell 13.03 percent to 46.65 million kg in May from 53.64 million kg in the same month last year. Output in West Bengal increased 19.57 percent to 28.17 million kg in May from 23.56 million kg a year earlier.

Assam and West Bengal are the two major tea-producing states, with their combined output accounting for 74 percent of output in May.

In south India, tea output declined 1.59 percent in May to 24.18 million kg.

India is the world's second-largest producer and the biggest consumer of tea.

The country's tea production increased 3.62 percent to 1,135 million kg in 2012-13. Output stood at 1,126 million kg in 2012.

PTI


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