India tea output drops 16pc

Tea production in India fell 16.3 percent to 17.87 million kg in January from a year earlier as plucking dropped in southern states,

Monday March 14 2016

Women pack tea leaves at Makomboki Tea Factory

Women pack tea leaves at Makomboki Tea Factory in Muranga. PHOTO | EUNICE KILONZO 

Tea production in India, the world's second largest tea producer fell 16.3 per cent to 17.87 million kg in January from a year earlier as plucking dropped in southern states, the state-run Tea Board said.

Production in south India dropped 15.2 per cent to 14.56 million kg from a year ago, the board said in a statement. Other factors notwithstanding, a drop in output could push tea prices up lifting Kenya's tea export earnings.

India exports CTC (crush-tear-curl) grade mainly to Egypt, Pakistan and the UK, and the orthodox variety to Iraq, Iran and Russia.

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