Tea production up 13% to 114.03 million kg in Nov

Tea production up 13% to 114.03 million kg in Nov New Delhi: Higher tea production in Assam and West Bengal, major growing areas, helped the country's output of the brew rise by 13 percent to 114.03 million kg in November 2012, latest Tea Board data said.

The country had produced 101.01 million kg in the same month in 2011.

Tea production in Assam rose by 25 percent to 60.41 million kg in November 2012 from 48.30 in the year-ago period, while, the production in West Bengal was up by 8 percent to 30.02 million kg from 27.77 million kg during the same period.

Assam and West Bengal, together account for more than 50 percent of total tea produced in the country.

The output of the brew in North India rose by 17 percent to 92.44 million kg in November last year from 79.02 million kg in November 2011.

However, tea production in South India fell in the review period. The region produced 21.59 million kg of the brew in November 2012 against 21.99 kg in the year-ago period.

In the first eight months of this fiscal, production of the brew was up marginally to 934.02 million kg from 924.89 million kg in April-November of 2011-12 fiscal.

India is the world's second-largest producer and the biggest consumer of tea.

PTI