"The deployment of workforce came as an unbearable challenge and caused extensive production loss," said PK Bhattacharjee, secretary general of Tea Association of India(TAI). Another major planters organization Indian Tea Association(ITA) estimated this loss to be of around Rs 2100 crore for March April and May.
"Acute shortage of manpower during lockdown has caused significant damage to millions of growing worms. Over 50% is dead. On the other side, plantations have badly suffered due to lack of maintenance and cyclone. We are apprehending immediate loss of more than 60% downfall in production," said raw silk farmers. Silk in Assam is also under equally grim situation.
Indian tea sector has estimated loss of Rs 2,100 crore in Assam and Bengal due to lockdown. This is based on the price recovered in 2019 North India tea auctions. These two north Indian tea producing states contribute over 80% to India's national yield. The plantation sector has requested government for a multidirectional financial package to come out of the crisis.
The student, who hails from Rabangla in South Sikkim district, is undergoing treatment at Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) Hospital.
The super cyclone left important mango producing zones in Murshidabad or Malda out of exact central core of the cyclonic whirl. But the region remained very much within the few hundred km wide deep impact zone of the storm. Among these major mango producing districts, Malda alone produces over 2 million ton heavily contributing to India's national yield of 22 mt.
Already shattered by CoVID 19 lockdown, mango trade in West Bengal is about to have another jolt of devastation due to approaching super cyclone Amphan. After the landfall this evening near Kolkata, Amphan is predicted to swipe over Bengal's main mango zones in South 24 Paraganah, Murshidabad or Malda by Thursday afternoon.
Indo-Bhutan or Indo- Nepal border continuing with tight restriction even in the 4th part of lockdown
The fourth segment of CoVID 19 lockdown has come with certain relaxations at few corners. But restrictions at Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Nepal borders remained as tight as it was. Unique in nature, these two international borders allow citizens of both the sides to move freely without any passport or visa.
As the market statistics go, with around 6 lakh Metric Ton (MT) annual production in almost 20,000 ha land, Bidhannagar in the foothills of northern West Bengal contributes around 80% to Bengal's output, which is near half of India's total 20 lakh MT yield. India is the fifth largest contributor to the global production of around 275 lakh MT.
"Usual pre monsoon dormant low yield spell has also began in mid May. Above all, weather is also not in our side. All these put together has brought green leaf output to lower than 35% of the usual level for this season," said Mahendra Bansal, Chairman of Terai Indian Planters Association.
Tourism hotspot exotic Sikkim. Despite no CoVID confirm patient in the state, its tourism sector is badly hit by Corona. The state is taking pro-active steps to revive its shattered tourism sector, one of the main pillars of its economy.
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