Indian Tea Association

Flat Prices Provoke Critics of India’s Tea Auctions

Darjeeling cut-tea-curl (CTC) is again filling auction warehouses and last week a green tea set an all-time high price at the Coonoor auction in South India, but all is not well with India’s auctions. India’s largest tea producers are chafing under a rule that 50 percent of the nation’s manufactured tea must be publicly...

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...

New Tax Will Likely Inflate India Tea Prices

India has largely avoided economic stagnation brought by falling commodity prices and is on pace to maintain sustained growth of 7% per year. That is one reason the government is backing that nation’s first Goods and Services Tax (GST), a common means of financing expansion. The proposed tax is a dual program administered by...

Plight of Assam Tea Workers Brought to Light

Exposés on radio and in print based on television coverage by the BBC have cast a harsh light on the plight of tea workers in Assam. Coverage has been sensational without exaggerating conditions. The situation there is deteriorating due to a reduced harvest and massive flooding with growing instances of malnutrition and abuse. “The...

India’s Tea Industry Urged to Fund Research

KOLKATA, India — Government financed tea research centers have done the heavy lifting in basic plant science and more recently in developing drought resistant cultivars but the tea industry has to take on greater responsibility in research according to India’s Commerce Ministry. Additional Secretary Rajani Ranjan Rashmi with India’s Union Commerce Ministry, told delegates...