Poor weather affects tea crop in Upper Assam

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Kolkata, Nov 24 (UNI) Dry weather and deficient rainfall in Upper Assam during the month of October had an adverse effect on tea production and the crop prospects too were generally unfavourable.

An official communique of the Indian Tea Association (ITA) here today informed that prevalence of red-spider mite in Hailakandi and North Cachar Circle further compounded the problem.

Meanwhile, following heavy rain, the weather was favourable in Central and Western Dooars, which resulted in good harvest. Pest and mites too were generally on the low key in the region.

Despite scanty rainfall during the first fortnight, the production at Terai was more or less as expected, the release said, adding there was no report from Darjeeling and Central Assam for the month.

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