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Assam tea industry facing unusual year due to prolonged drought like condition

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ET BureauAssam tea industry is facing unusual year following prolonged drought like condition, study is being carried out to assess the crop loss due to the impact of prolonged drought like situation.

“The year 2021 has been an unusual year so far for the Assam tea industry as far as tea production is concerned. A study has been carried out to assess the crop loss due to the impact of prolonged drought like situation. This study has also taken into account the rainfall received in the last few days”, said Bidyananda Barkakoty, Adviser, North Eastern Tea Association (NETA).

“Tea industry of Assam is facing tough times again this year. Last year the tea industry suffered due to lockdown and this year severe deficit of rainfall in the early part of the season has caused havoc in tea production”, said Sunil Jallan, Chairman NETA.

“Due to very low crop till May and likely impact in crop for June as well, there has been huge revenue deficit for Assam tea industry”, said Nalin Khemani, Chairman Bharatiya Cha Parishad (BCP).

“Extreme weather fluctuations both in terms of temperature and rainfall have impacted the growth of tea leaves severely. Temperature drop from 34 to 19 degrees centigrade coupled with hardly any sunshine for the last one week, preceded by temperatures above 34 degree centigrade is playing havoc with the crop”, said Mrigendra Jalan, Adviser BCP.

“We do not remember facing such a prolonged drought in the last 30 years. Apart from the huge loss of crop due to rainfall deficit, the drought at the very beginning of the tea season has also delayed the application of fertilisers by around two months. This will only add to the loss of crop during the ensuing peak harvesting months”, said Manoj Jallan, former Chairman of NETA.


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