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Indian tea output set to increase

India’s tea production is expected to rise by 4.25% to about 980 million kilograms in 2008.

We expect tea production to be about 980 million kilograms this calendar year, Tea Board Director (Development) G Boriah said.

The Tea Board, which is the government's promotion body for the commodity, has estimated the country's tea production at 940 million kilograms for 2007.

Boriah also said tea production in the current financial year is estimated at about 932 million kilograms compared to 947.17 million kilograms in 2006-07.

The drop in tea output last year was mainly due to flood in the north-eastern parts of the country while the southern states were affected by drought, he said. (hindutimes)