June 12, 2024
  • The European Union (EU) has granted the Geographical Indicator (GI) tag to Kangra tea. This will help the tea growers of Kangra export their produce to Europe.
    • The Kangra tea had got the Indian GI tag in 2005.
  • According to experts, the production of Kangra tea has fallen to just 8 lakh kg per annum against 17 lakh kg per annum, the highest production recorded in 1998.
  • The said production is just .01 per cent of the total 90 million kg tea produced in the country.
  • The low yield and lack of initiative among local tea farmers are primary responsible for less production of Kangra tea, according to experts.
  • At present, the average yield of tea in Kangra is 230 kg per hectare.
    • However, the average yield of tea is 1,800 kg per hectare at the country level.
  • Despite low yield, farmers are carrying out tea plantation in Kangra as the government does not allow the land under tea for any other use.
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