This high rise is following a healthy 83% growth in the February crop to 23.5 million kilos. In January this year, tea production grew by 50% to 26.8 million kilos over the corresponding month of 2009.
Though down in comparison to January crop, the February output remains robust, tea industry sources said.
In February, Low Grown dominated crop with a haul of 14.3 million kilos, as against 6.5 million kilos last year whilst other elevations also saw increase in output. Cumulative Low Grown crop for the first two months rose to 32.1 million kilos in comparison to 16.3 million kilos last year. Of the overall production, orthodox amounted to 48.8 million kilos, accounting for 94% with the rest being CTC (2.7 million kilos) and 0.4 million kilos of green tea.
In 2009, tea production declined by 9% to 290.89Mkgs, the lowest crop performance in a decade.
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