India Assam tea output to fall on pest attack: report

July 15, 2010 (LBO) - Tea output in India's Assam region, the country's top production region may fall 30 to 40 percent in the second half of 2010, leading to higher prices, a media report said. Last year India had produced 979 million kilograms of tea.

Assam is said to produce more than half of India's tea.

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"There™s been a majorly excess rainfall in June, leading to a pest attack, which would have wiped out 30 to 40 percent of the Assam crop," Bloomberg newswires quoted India's state-run Tea Board chief Basudeb Banerjee as saying.

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"This will have an impact on production even in July and August.

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Prices have already climbed about 15 rupees a kilogram at auctions, the report said.

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