The Indian tea industry is about 176 years old and plays an important role in the nation’s economy. Nearly 35 lakh workers are employed in 1,600 tea estates spread across India, of which 65% are employed indirectly, women constitute about 50% of the total worker population. Assam produces over half of India's tea and accounts for over 12% of annual global tea yield. Since tea is affordable and addictive in nature, nearly 90% of Indian households are regular tea drinkers.
India produced 1,200 million kg of tea in the Calendar Year (CY) 2013, of which 75% was consumed internally. Globally, India ranks second in production and consumption after China and fourth in terms of exports. The primary tea growing regions in India are Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Apart from these, tea is also grown in some parts of Karnataka, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Bihar.
Demand for tea in India has remained consistent as tea is being consumed in over 90% of the households as an integral part of the daily routine......
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