Climate change threatens the global tea sector: ITA

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Leading planters body Indian Tea Association (ITA) said climate change threatens the industry worldwide, resulting in lower yields and higher production costs.

An ITA spokesperson said climate change is also threatening the long-term viability of the tea industry, which is also causing increasing pests, making management of pesticide residues a major challenge.

To mitigate this, ITA said the industry needs to adopt a multifaceted approach to address the climate change problem through sustainable agricultural practices and reduction of ecological footprint.

In this context, the association has ensured that the industry engages all stakeholders to invest in research to come up with mitigating solutions.

There is also a decrease in rainfall and an increase in temperature in the regions where tea is grown for the past few years, ITA said.

According to the association, future projections point to a substantial reduction in suitability for tea cultivation in areas where the crop is grown.

The other key area the industry needs to work on is optimization of fertilizer use and increased use of renewable energy.

According to the latest Tea Board data, production in January 2023 in the country was 13.43 million kilograms, up from 16.22 million kilograms in the same month of the previous calendar year.

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