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Tea production in southern India has been on a decline from 2014 when production touched a peak of 242 million kg (m.kg). India is the second largest producer of tea in the world and contributes 26% to the global production.
It is a fact that Maharashtra’s Nashik district recorded an all-time high export of 1.43 lakh tonne of grapes during the just concluded grape season. More than 1.50 lakh hectare in the district alone comes under grape cultivation and some 50,000 farmers are associated with grape farming.
Maharashtra has been receiving supplies for the past month from Gujarat and Karnataka. The situation is similar in other states as well, he said, adding Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have received heavy rains in the past few days, affecting the crop.
Outlining the likely initiatives, ICAR’s director-general Trilochan Mohapatra said there were about 12-million hectare rice fallow which kept vacant after paddy harvest and 3-4 million hectare of that area could be brought under oilseeds in short-term.