The total tea production in India exceeded one billion kilos already in 2011, but it’s not until now the data is available after a revision. The reason for the big increase is that every small-scale producer is now included in the national tea statistics. Their share is approx. 29 per cent of the total production.
The improved reliability of the Indian tea statistics is the result of implementing a new electronic system for the collection of production data.
The revised number for India’s total tea production for 2011 is 1063.5 million kilos. The number for 2012 is not yet available, however, the production from January to November has already exceeded a billion kilos (1023.9). This is reported today in the daily Indian newspaper The Hindu.