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India's 2016-17 tea exports drop 4.3 percent - Board
May 16, 2017 / 11:04 AM / 6 months ago

India's 2016-17 tea exports drop 4.3 percent - Board

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s tea exports in fiscal 2016-17 fell 4.3 percent from a year ago to 222.93 million kg as Pakistan and Russia trimmed purchases, the state-run Tea Board said in a statement.

Tea garden workers carry sacks filled with tea leaves at Durgabari Tea Estate on the outskirts of Agartala, May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

The south Asian country’s export to Pakistan plunged 42.7 percent to 11.11 million kg in the year ended March 31, while Russia bought 44.17 million kg, down 8.4 percent from a year ago, it said.

India, the world’s second-biggest tea producer, exports CTC (crush-tear-curl) grade mainly to Egypt, Pakistan and the UK, and the orthodox variety to Iraq, Iran and Russia.

Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Vyas Mohan

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