If the quantity of tea at auction centres is any indication, then more of the beverage will be available in the domestic market in 2016.
The quantity of tea that has arrived at the auction centre in Kolkata has increased by 67% from a year ago to 70,000 packets. Auctioning will be done in the first and second week of April.
"Rains during March have improved tea production in Assam and Dooars. There was a dry spell in February which had raised concern among planters, but rains brought relief to them," said a senior tea industry executive.
Kolkata auction centre had to drop three sales in March as there was no tea on offer. In fact, in January, tea production was down 16.26% from a year ago to 17.87 million kg.
Overall, India's tea production declined marginally to 1127.7 million kg in the April-January period of FY16. Tea output during the first 10 months of FY15 stood at 1,137.2 million kg, according to data from the Tea Board. The lower output has been mainly due to unfavourable weather conditions.