New Delhi: Tea production fell by 6% to 20.63 million kg in January due to lower output in the southern states. Tea production was 21.92 million kg in the year-ago period, according to Tea Board of India data.

Output in Assam, the largest tea-producing state, marginally increased to 0.83 million kg in January this year as compare to 0.80 million kg in the year-ago period. Similarly, in another major tea-producing state, West Bengal, production rose by to 2.85 million kg from 1.95 million kg. The combined production of tea in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka decreased to 16.79 million kg from 19.12 million kg.

Assam, West Bengal and South India account for about 90% of the total tea output in the country. According to Indian Tea Association estimates, tea production increased by 6.5% to 1,200 million kg last year, against 1,126.33 million kg in 2012. India is the world’s second-largest producer and biggest consumer of tea. The country’s total tea output was up 3.62% at 1,135 million kg in 2012-13.

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