Assam’s tea industry, has not still recovered from the loss due to the last year’s COVID-19 lockdown. It may now also witness 40% of crop deficit in the first five months of the year which was due to the poor rainfall in the state.
According to the study by North Eastern Tea Association(NETA), which is the organisation of the tea producers, the crop growth will be decline from January to May this yearbwhich will be about 60 million kgs if compared with of production of 2019.
NETA advisor Bidyananda Barkakoty said, “We have not compared crop figures with 2020 because last year, the crop deficit from January to May was 78 million kgs due to Covid-19 lockdown. In percentage terms, the crop deficit from Jan to May this year will be about 40% compared to same period in 2019.”
According to Neta, there is 45% decrease in the rainfall between January to April this year as compared to the same period last year.
Source:-The Hindustan Times
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