Sri Lanka tea production lower in 2015

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tea production this year is expected to be lower than last year as rains disrupted harvests with crops down in all other major black tea producing countries except Bangladesh, brokers said.

Sri Lanka’s crop deficit to end-October was 3.85 million kilos when compared to the same period last year, brokers John Keells said.
Production in Kenya, the world’s biggest black tea exporter, was 14.21 percent lower up to end-September 2015 compared with the year before.

“The short rains in Kenya appear to be coming to an end and with December being normally a dry month, the crop shortfall is expected to expand further,” the brokers said in a report.

“Other tea producing countries too have recorded crop deficits with the exception of Bangladesh having recorded a marginal increase.”

Unusually heavy rains this year has reduced Sri Lanka’s crop in all elevations with the total crop up to October 2015 at 279.89 million kilos.

India’s crop is also lower by about 20 million kilos this year.

John Keells said climate change induced by increasing greenhouse gases and global warming is likely to affect crops in different regions and tea will be no exception.
(Colombo/December 16, 2015)

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