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??We are hopeful of positive post winter first flush if overall normal weather condition prevails for entire January,? said veteran planter K. K. Mintri.

Deep chill brings delight in Bengal Tea belt.

Planters in Bengal tea belt are expecting bright post winter high value first flush output for the consecutive second year due to prevailing favorable weather conditions. 

Entire tea belt in Bengal has taken submergence deep under chill. While the mercury at in Terai and Dooars tea belts in foothills have dipped even lower than 5 Degree Celsius, many high altitude places have gone under thick snow cover. Darjeeling city itself and surrounding areas, known for premium quality tea, also had a day-long snow fall after a decade. According to Indian Meteorological Department, the low temperature is likely to continue for the first half of January. 

The chill wave has brought delight to the planters not only in the hills but in Terai and Dooars too those put together produce around 325 Million kg of processed tea. Near 25% of India’s national yield. Last year also, the whole region had a favorable post winter first flush yield after witnessing almost the same temperature dynamics in end 2017. 

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