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Winter Rain Too Light and Late

Tea production fell and prices climbed as the first teas of 2017 arrived at auction houses in Sri Lanka, India and Africa. The ongoing drought in Kenya lowered production 58 percent in February, with black tea production totals falling to 22 million kilos from 53 million kilos in 2016. Tea production in India dipped...

Tocklai Tea Institute to Receive Funding

Aid is on the way to financially troubled Tocklai Tea Research Institute, India’s premier tea research institution, which is jointly funded by the government and industry through the Tea Research Association (TRA). “The [government] allocation for the next financial year 2017–18 has been brought back to the previous level of 2015–16, which will be...

7 Ways Twinings Tea Drives Positive Change

Twinings Tea ultimately aims to improve social conditions across the tea industry and be the catalyst for systemic change through its Sourced with Care Program. The tea company elaborated on its efforts in the Twinings Social Impact Report 2016. Twinings sources its tea internationally from plantations and small farms in various countries, including China,...

Fickle Weather Gave India Strong Finish

Indian tea growers somehow managed to resist wind, rain, and heat to beat last year’s totals for tea production by 2.5%. Now that December figures have been tallied, tea production was reported at 1,239.15 million kilos (mkg) for the calendar year, exceeding 2015 by 30.5 mkg. The totals insure India will remain the world’s...

Competitive Pricing Reduces India Exports

India will set a new record for tea production for 2016 at 1.22 billion kilos but continues to surrender market share in global exports. Despite increases in production, the quantity of tea sold at the Kolkata Auction dipped 3.9% to 120.8 million kilos in 2016 compared to 2015. Exports for the first eight months...

Tea Workers Circulate Petition on International Tea Day

International Tea Day, celebrated on Dec. 15, was instituted in 2005 in New Delhi to raise awareness of the circumstances and challenges faced by tea workers around the world. The initial concern was protecting the rights of workers at large tea estates in the major tea producing nations: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam,...

India Cash Crisis

The well-intentioned effort to curb corruption by enforcing traceability is wreaking havoc in the tea lands of India, where very few workers have bank accounts. The government’s surprise move to no longer accept denominations of 500 and 1000 as legal tender has disrupted the country’s entire economy. The decision voided $250 billion in currency,...

India Tea Research Center Funding Crisis

GUWAHATI, India The world’s oldest and India’s most prestigious tea research center will receive essential funding to continue its work. The Tea Research Association’s center in Tocklai, Assam has been facing a funding crunch for months requiring severe cutbacks in programs. The center, founded in 1911 as the Tocklai Experimental Station, draws funds from...

Darjeeling eAuction Troubles Continue

The decision to include India’s famous Darjeeling tea in the nation’s e-auction system is under intense scrutiny as buyers struggle to reach financial settlement requirements. Last week the India Tea Association (ITA) complained that the Bank of India and India Tea Board have failed to resolve software impediments that first came to light in...