India tea output drops 16pc

Monday March 14 2016

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.