Extreme weather continue to beat at high and mid grown tea production

Extreme weather conditions continue to beat at high and mid grown tea production, with the sectors output dropping 10.27 percent since August 2003.

Extreme weather conditions continue to beat at high and mid grown tea production, with the sectors output dropping 10.27 percent since August 2003. Asia Siyaka Commodity Brokers reported that the high and mid grown elevations have suffered from extreme forms of weather with extended dry spells followed by heavy rains.

In the high grown elevations total tea production up to August this year dropped 12 percent from 56.8 million kilos to 49.8 million kilos.

Some 3.6 million kilos were shaved off the mid grown elevations output totalling 33 million kilos to end August 2004.

Siyaka says weather conditions have improved somewhat in these sectors “but we do not anticipate a significant recovery during September.”

Despite the lower output from both the high and mid grown sectors the low grown tea production shored up total output by 3 million kilos to 204 million kilos for the period.

The low grown sector added 13 million kilos of tea to its bag, increasing it production for the period to 120.6 million kilos and breaking the previous record of 112 million kilos for achieved for the same period in 2001.

The low grown sector’s results mark its recovery from the heavy rain and floods in May 2003.

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