Kolkata: Tea manufacturing within the nation is prone to fall by 100 million kg this 12 months as a result of 21-day lockdown which was “inevitable” to deal with the coronavirus disaster, an official mentioned on Wednesday.
The nation had produced round 1,389 million kgs of tea in 2019, he mentioned.
“The lockdown was inevitable as there isn’t any different possibility to forestall the unfold of the illness. Nonetheless, the nation’s tea manufacturing will probably be hit and this may result in a collapse of the trade,” Tea Board Chairman P Ok Bezbaruah advised PTI.
It’ll take time to convey tea bushes once more to the manufacturing stage, he mentioned.
Tea Board”s deputy chairman Arun Kumar Ray mentioned that the “doubtless shortfall in manufacturing as a result of lockdown can be round 100 million kg this 12 months”, which may result in an increase in costs.
“The affect of the coronavirus outbreak will probably be felt throughout the globe. The precedence is to forestall neighborhood transmission,” Ray mentioned.
With this lockdown, Darjeeling tea planters will lose first flush manufacturing, a premium selection, by round 30 p.c, Bezbaruah mentioned
The lack of manufacturing in West Bengal’s Dooars is prone to be round 11 p.c and 10 p.c in Assam, he mentioned.
Tea plucking through the lockdown interval has been banned by the Tea Board however there must be restrictions on the entry of outsiders within the tea gardens, Bezbaruah mentioned.
“A few of the staff” colonies are very congested. They don’t keep correct hygiene,” he mentioned, including that it is vitally tough to make sure social distancing among the many staff.
Indian Tea Affiliation (ITA), the apex physique of planters, mentioned virtually all of the gardens are closed owing to the lockdown.
“We are going to assess crop loss in a day or two,” ITA secretary-general Arijit Raha mentioned.
Rudra Chatterjee, Director of Luxmi Tea Firm which owns the well-known ”Makaibari” model, mentioned tea must be thought of as a necessary merchandise like another agricultural produce.
“Manufacturing shouldn’t be halted. If this case continues, many of the tea planters will discover it tough to satisfy the wage invoice of the employees. If manufacturing is allowed, there must be an satisfactory safeguard to take care of hygiene,” he added.
Up to date Date: Mar 25, 2020 19:36:02 IST