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Climate change, competition from cheaper tea imperil Darjeeling industry

Darjeeling tea with its bright metallic colour was the first product of the country to be awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) trademark in 2004

Darjeeling tea workers may get equity stake in gardens

Despite these accolades, production of the tea, and its demand in both domestic and international markets, has been falling

Climate change, recession in global markets, competition from tea varieties from Nepal, and the mismatch between production costs and its price have put the tea industry in Darjeeling at risk, an IndiaSpend ground report from the tea gardens has found.

Known worldwide as the 'champagne' of Indian teas, Darjeeling tea stands its own against teas from the Nilgiri hills in South India and from Assam. Its unique flavour, believed to be induced by the right balance of sunshine, rainfall, mist and soil acidity in the Himalayas, and plucked by hand, has won Darjeeling tea "the patronage and recognition of discerning

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First Published: Jan 17 2023 | 10:18 AM IST

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