Darjeeling tea is struggling to grow recently due to climate change. With hotter weather and rainfall becoming sporadic it has been harder to grown Darjeeling tea in recent years. Sumon Majumder, a senior tea taster with Darjeeling Impex Ltd said “The production of Darjeeling tea has come down drastically…In 2012, the annual tea production stood at 10 million kg, which fell to 9 million kg in 2017.”
The bud is breaking earlier in the year due to the rise in temperature so tea plantation owners have been encouraged to grown ‘shade trees’ to protect the tea plants from the sun. However, the harsh rain has ruined some of the first flush. The root of the problem has been massive deforestation in addition to pollution in the area.
Tea garden owners are beginning to understand the damage that the tea plants are having to cope with and are being advised on how to combat this.
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