This year the tea crop has been adversely affected due to the lockdown for the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent irregular rainfall. The state of Assam is the world’s largest tea-growing region but due to the hindrances this year it has affected in a huge margin.
According to the Indian Tea Association (ITA), the estimating production in North India along with Assam and North Bengal is dropped down by 40 per cent from January to June as compared to last year’s figures.
Sanjay Bagchi, the secretary of the Dooars Branch of Indian Tea Association (DBITA) said, “The unremitting rainfall in the region has affected production in almost all tea gardens in the Dooars (Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts). Most rivers, rivulets, and streams which flow through or skirt the tea estates have affected the gardens.”
The constant rainfall in these two districts is causing regular and intense terminal failure in the gardens leading to crop shortfall. The figures for July are still awaited. In North Bengal very low amount of tea leaves are been plucked due to large scale desertion.
The lesser quantity has affected the production also. The plantation of the gardens in Telepara, Binaguri, Anandapur, Diana, Gandrapara, Lakhipara, Gairkata, Rheabari, Washabarie, Damdim, Oodlabari, Baintgoorie, Kailashpur, and Central Dooars, have already been wasted by the flood. The authority is still waiting for the weather to improve.
By the sources of Calcutta Tea Traders Association which monitors tea auctions in Kolkata informed that the shortfall of the tea crop is due to the lockdown and the uneven rainfall. “Auction prices are firm and higher substantially over the last year,” said Vijay Jagannath, chairman of (CTTA). Around 200 million kg of crop loss is faced by the tea industry this year and new price levels will be authenticated.
In Assam and West Bengal, the shortfall of tea crop is by 15 percent and the producers are struggling to manage their operation.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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