West Bengal: Sweltering heatwave takes toll on tea plantations, second flush yield drops

Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts of North Bengal produce the most tea in the state, which produces somewhere between 8 to 10 lakh kilograms of tea per year.
By Dipaneeta Das: The tea gardens of Terai and Dooars in North Bengal are facing a severe heatwave, which is affecting the production of the second flush. The extreme heat has caused extensive damage to the tea bushes, leading to a significant drop in the yield. Plantation workers are also facing the wrath of a sweltering summer with top tier tea leaves infected by seasonal insects leading companies to run at extensive loss.