The numbers are stark. Assam produced 564,000 tons of tea in 2007, slipping to 487,000 tons in 2009. The 2010 crop was estimated to be about 460,000 tons, said Dhiraj Kakaty, who heads the Assam Branch Indian Tea Association, an umbrella group of some 400 tea plantations..
But even more disturbing for growers is the change in the brew’s taste. They want the government to fund scientific studies to examine the flavor fallout from climate change.
- Wish they could be rat catchers too
- Clubbed to death