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Cup of woes: Darjeeling tea production slips to near two-decade low

Figure is even marginally lower than in 2020, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed to contain Covid-19; Tea Board chief says output has gone down because due to old bushes

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Ishita Ayan Dutt Kolkata
Darjeeling tea production stood at 6.6 million kg (mkg) in 2022, a two-decade low barring 2017 when the gardens had to shut down for 104 days due to the Gorkhaland agitation.

According to data available on the Indian Tea Association (ITA) and Tea Board websites, the production figure is marginally lower than even 2020 output, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in crop loss. And yet, the drop in production was hardly unexpected – Darjeeling’s cup of woes has been brimming for a while now with production and demand on a downward spiral.

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First Published: Feb 24 2023 | 4:48 PM IST

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