Assam tea industry hit by drought-like situation: TAI
GUWAHATI: Tea production in Assam was feared to be hit badly this year due to a drought-like situation in the state, said the Tea Association of India (TAI) on Wednesday.
“The state of Assam has harvested only 0.23 Mkgs during the period of January-February 2021 as against 0.27 MKgs in 2020 and 0.44 Mkgs year before. While the crop figure for the month of March is yet to be released by Tea Board, the figure is expected to lower by around 10-15% in the month of March and April 2021 as compared to 2019,” TAI said in a press note.
It said that while the Brahmaputra valley has received only 14.2 mm of rainfall during January-February this year as against 28.47 mm in the year 2020, the Cachar region of Assam has received only 4.15 mm rainfall as against 8.3 mm last year during the same period.
The Association said that though hailstorm was not uncommon during this season, what has impacted the industry was the scale of damage. This was bound to retard the prospect of early flush and dent the overall production this year.
The statement added, “Assam produces around 4.5 % of its total crop in the month of March and around 6% in April which is around 32 Mkgs and 44 Mkgs respectively. The figure is expected to lower by around 10-15% in the month of March and April 2021 as compared to 2019. The tea industry is again foreseeing grim days ahead, faced as it is with the onslaught of Natural calamities resulting in lesser crop.”
The TIA cried that a similar situation would also prevail in the West Bengal tea industry. “The crop outlook for the tea industry at this point of the season looks bleak due to drought-like situation prevailing in both the states of Assam and West Bengal,” it said.
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