According to figures released by the Tea Board, production touched 832 million kg during the year as against 802 million kg (January-October) of 2007. During the period, production increased by 21 million kg in south India and 8 million kg in north India. Only West Bengal recorded a decrease in production during the period.
Meanwhile, exports touched 156 million kg during the period as against 141 million kg of the previous comparable period. Both south and north India registered increases in export for the period. While exports from south India stood at 74.39 million kg, exports from north India were 82 million kg. The unit realisation for per kg of exports has increased during the period by 7% to touch Rs 109.64. The value realised from exports during the ten months stood at Rs 1,715 crore.
However, exports during October have recorded a decrease when compared to the figures during the same month in 2007. Exports for October 2008 stood at 16.5 million kg as against 17.4 million kg of October 2007.
For the current fiscal (April-October), exports stand at 105 million kg as against 97.5 million kg of 2007-08 (April-October). The unit realisation per kg of exports for 2008-09 stands at Rs 115.65 as against Rs 106.72 in April-October 2007-08.