Tea Production in India
Area Under cultivation:
- In 2007, in India, there was an area of 578568 hectares under tea cultivation.
- Out of this 458718 hectares was in North India and 119740 hectares in South India. Around 4.16 Lakh hectares was under big growers and around 1.62 Lakh hectares was under small growers.
Tea Producing Districts/ Areas:
- Assam: Darrang, Goalpara, Kamrup, Lakhimpur , Dibrugarh, Nowgong, Sibsagar, Cachar , Karbi Anlong , North Cachar
- West Bengal : Darjeeling, Terai (west Dinajpur), Doors (Cooch Bihar) .
- Tamil Nadu: Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Coimbatore , Nilgiris
- Kerala: Cannanore, Palghat, Kozhikode, Malapuram, Trichur, Trivandrum, Quilon, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Wynaad
- Karnataka: Chikmagalur, Coorg, Hassan
The Largest state with area under Tea Plantations in India is Assam. The following table shows the states in India with Tea Plantations.
The above chart makes it clear that Assam has an area of tea cultivation in India which is more than half of India’s Total Tea plantation area. In South India Tamil Nadu covers the maximum plantations.
Production in Quantity:
- In 2008-09, as per Tea Board data, India produced 980820 Metric Tons.
- North India produces approximately thrice the quantity produced in South India.
- In 2008-09, while North India produced 733920 tons, South India produced 24690 metric tons.
- The following table and graphic shows the largest Tea Producing states in India.
- Assam roughly accounts for Half of India’s Tea Production.