New Delhi: India's tea output was in the range of 990-995 million kg last calender year on account of the early winter in North-East India, the country's largest bulk tea producer McLeod Russel India has said.
"The early winter in North-East India has affected production during the quarter ended December 31, 2011, losing approximately 15 million kg of crop. Indian production for the year 2011 may range between 990-995 million kg," the company said in its third quarter results.
Indian tea production is estimated at a record 938 million kg in January-November this year, compared to 908 million kg in the year-ago period. The increase was on account of higher production from plantations in North India due to ideal weather conditions till September, 2011, it added.
McLeod Russel is one of the world's largest tea producers, with an expected output of 102 million kg in 2011 from tea estates in Assam, West Bengal, Vietnam, Uganda and Rwanda.
India's tea output declined by 1.3 percent to 966.4 million kg in the 2010 calender year from 978.99 million kg in 2009.
According to the apex body of tea producer associations, the Consultative Committee of Plantations Association (CCPA), India will again miss its 1 billion kg production target in 2011.
The premier body of tea associations has projected tea output in 2011 at around 980 to 985 million kg.     
Similarly, Indian Tea Association Joint Secretary S Patra said earlier that output of the brew is expected to have declined in the last month of 2011 on account of bad weather conditions in the main growing states of Assam and West Bengal.