Up to 46% losses for Bengal tea industry amid lockdown

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Up to 46% losses for Bengal tea industry amid lockdown

May 21, 2020 09:27 IST

The tea industry in Bengal has suffered losses of approximately 46 percent with the Covid-19 lockdown, according to data from the Tea Research Association at Jorhat in Assam. Assam and Bengal are major tea producing states in the country and to assess the situation, 459 tea gardens in Assam, Bengal and Tripura were analysed. Research showed that the tea gardens in Terai and the Dooars have lost almost half of their crop as compared to last year. In the Darjeeling hills, the loss amounts to about 30 percent of the crop. According to the TRA, in Assam, the loss varies between 47 percent to 73 percent in different brew belts. Variations in temperature, coupled with a reduced workforce and the Covid-19 pandemic has been responsible, says the organisation.

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