The difficulties of Indian tea producers seem to be increasing. After returning the consignment of Indian tea by both the international and domestic market, its prices have registered a decline. The buyers refused to take it due to the high content of pesticides and chemicals found in the tea leaves. Now the fall in tea prices by Rs 30-40 per kg has increased the tension of the growers.
27 rupees fall in a month
In the last month, the price of tea leaves has fallen by Rs 27 per kg, and its price has fallen from Rs 214 per kg to 187.06 per kg. The tea industry is worried about this bass that may cause tea prices to drop further during the second season. Any impact on this can affect the tea industry. All tea sold must conform to India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) norms.
Tea was returned
Recently, tea traders cancelled their purchases as the leaves contained more than the prescribed amount of pesticides and chemicals. According to ‘Business Line’, the buyers returned about 39 thousand kg of tea in the Kolkata auction. Talking about the prices, it has come down yearly by about Rs 40 per kg. Last year, tea was sold at Rs 226.77 per kg, but its average price is Rs 186.41 per kg this year.
Fall in demand
According to the report, the fall in tea prices has nothing to do with the issue of pesticides and chemicals. The demand for Indian tea in the international market has been low. The need for Indian tea has declined mainly due to the low tea prices in Kenya. If there is a decrease in exports due to the issue of more pesticides and chemicals in tea, then the costs of tea in the domestic market will also fall. Due to the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the Indian tea industry had a significant opportunity to increase its business in the international market, and the use of pesticides and chemicals over the limit has given a big blow.
Pesticide use has increased.
According to reports, due to climate change, the attack of insects on tea leaves has increased. Due to this, there has been an increase in pesticides in the tea gardens to protect the tea leaves from pests. Often the leaves are plucked only after the pesticide use is over.
This is because traces of pesticides remain on the tea leaves. The leaves are usually plucked about 10 to 20 days after spraying the insecticide. If this is not followed, they are prone to contain more pesticides. The Tea Board of India issued a directive on May 25 to all producers and brokers to monitor so that the standards set by FSSAI can be met during the auction.