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Tea companies claim revenue loss as Board decides to improve quality

Firms claim the board's move to shut tea gardens for a while, ostensibly made in order to improve tea quality, has not boosted prices

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Avishek Rakshit Kolkata
The Tea Board’s decision to implement mandatory closure and opening dates for tea gardens across West Bengal, Assam and other states has left at least six tea-producing companies distraught, with some claiming to be losing crores of rupees due to this move.

Last year, for the first time in its 40-year history, the Tea Board mandated that all tea gardens in West Bengal should be closed from December 15, 2018 till February 10, 2019, so that around 30-40 million kg (mkg) of inferior quality tea goes out of the market, paving the way for improved prices at the auctions. Assam

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First Published: Jan 29 2019 | 6:17 PM IST

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