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India Tea production improves during H1

Tea production of India in the first half of calendar 2016 rose by 2.31% compared to same period of 2015. The production was up due to higher output in North India despite a sharp fall in South India.

In the first half of 2016, India's overall production rose to 416.66 million kg (mkg) from 407.26 mg in Jan-June 2015. Production of Tea in North India reached 314.74 mkg with Assam as the top producer. Assam produced at 194.65 mkg of Tea which is up 23.27 mkg from the previous year. In South India, production fell by 21.58 mkg to dip to 101.92 mkg.

West Bengal produced 7.48 mkg more to soar to 111.44 mkg. All producing regions in the North posted a higher production except Darjeeling and Terai where the output dropped marginally. Tamil Nadu lost 15.37 mkg to dip to 70.12 mkg and Kerala 5.51 mkg to fall to 29.13 mkg. Karnataka's output also fell marginally.

Tea production of India grew by 15% in June this year to 144.11 mkg over corresponding period last year. The rise in production was also attributed to the increase in output in the top two producing states of Assam and West Bengal.

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