27-05-2014 01:38 AM | India

Fall in prices of tea leaves puts farmers in a quandary

The sudden fall in the prices of green tea leaves has put small-scale tea growers in a crisis in the prime season beginning with the summer rain.

The factories of main tea estates, the sole agencies that procure green tea leaves, are collecting the leaves at Rs.6 to 7 a kg as against the previous price of Rs.16 a kg. There are an estimated 12,000 small-scale tea growers who provide tea leaves to the factories. The factories sometimes reject the leaves, leaving farmers with no other option but to abandon the plucked leaves.
Full Story : The Hindu