Production losses have already pushed weekly auction prices to a record of Rs 232.60 per kilogramme, up 57 percent from a year ago, according to the Tea Board
Tea production in the country is likely to fall by 100 million kg this year due to the 21-day lockdown which was "inevitable" to tackle the coronavirus crisis, an official said on Wednesday
Tea exports to Pakistan grew marginally in 2018 to 15.83 million kilograms from 14.73 million kilograms in 2017.
The indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling hills has the famed tea industry hard with the premium quality 'second flush' tea leaves going waste causing heavy losses to the garden owners and putting at stake the livelihood of more than two lakh tea workers.
West Bengal tea workers' strike: Trade unions demand minimum wage; protests spread to Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling
The joint forum of trade unions of the tea industry in Bengal began a two-day industrial strike, demanding implementation of minimum wage, among other things
Although the promptness from all quarters salvaged the situation for the state's tea sector, the unavailability of physical banking services within commutable distance was glaring.