New Delhi: India's tea production fell 11 percent to 18.69 million kg in January on account of drop in output in major producing areas, as per Tea Board data.

Output of the brew was 20.93 million kg in January last year, Tea Board said.

Production in Assam -- which accounts for more than 50 percent of the total output in North India, as per Tea Board classification -- fell sharply.

In South India, the decline was on account of fall in production in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

Tea production in Assam declined by 43 percent to 1.96 million kg in January, from 3.42 million kg in the same month last year.

However, tea production in West Bengal rose marginally to 2.99 million kg in January 2012 from 2.93 million kg in the same period previous year.

Total output of the brew in North India declined by 22 percent to 4.99 million kg, as against 6.41 million kg.

Similarly, production of tea in South India fell by 6 percent to 13.69 million kg in January this year, from 14.51 million kg in the same month last year.

While, output of the brew in Tamil Nadu declined to 8.93 million kg in January 2012 from 9.42 million kg in the year-ago period, tea production in Kerala fell to 4.38 million kg from 4.68 million kg in the same period.

Similarly, tea production in Karnataka declined to 3.82 lakh kg in January this year from 4.09 lakh kg in the same month previous year.

India is the world's biggest consumer and second largest producer of tea.

(Agencies)