Drought looms for Indian tea

05 March 1999

Drought looms for Indian tea

TEA production in Assam and Bengal, the two Indian states which account for 75% of the countrys tea crop, is under threat because of a lack of rain.

March is supposed to be the start of the harvesting season, but this months tea production in eastern India is forecast to fall by two-thirds because of drought.

The drought has already hit year-round tea production in southern India and is expected to mean the country misses this years total production target of 890 million kilograms.

Both Sri Lanka and Kenya have also lost production because of poor weather.

Prices are expected to rise across the board.

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