Lockdown has brought down the tea output in the Nilgiris in March by 19.08 for every cent.
Tea firms in the district have knowledgeable Tea Board that their output in March declined to 1.06 million kg (mkg) from 1.31 mkg in March 2018 due to the fact of the lockdown.
The output was reduced by ten.ninety two for every cent more than the five-calendar year imply typical of 1.19 mkg for the month. On the other hand, the cumulative output in the initially quarter (Q1) of existing calendar was up due to the fact of better output in January and February.
The cumulative Q1 output rose to two.98 mkg from two.86 mkg in Jan-March 2019, marking a obtain of four.twenty for every cent.
This output was better by five.thirty for every cent more than the usual output for the quarter as measured by the five-calendar year imply typical, which was two.83 mkg.
Most tea firms have resumed output after a quick break for lockdown and they assume a better output in April. This follows the Centre and the Condition governments treating tea as an critical market, agricultural exercise and food items merchandise.
On the other hand, normalcy will return only when teas start transferring out to the various destinations throughout the nation.
Warehouses complain that teas bought in Sale 9 of the auctions of Coonoor Tea Trade Association (CTTA) held on February 27 and 28 are still to move out owing to transportation bottlenecks. Thereafter, three much more auctions were carried out and the teas bought in these auctions are also stockpiled.
Meanwhile, the CTTA had declared that Sale 13, which stands postponed given that March twenty, is scheduled for April 18 but this is issue to the district collector allowing the transportation of teas.