Tea farming

Issues:

  • Climate change impact
    • The physiology of tea plants is closely linked to external environmental and climatic factors (elevation, precipitation, temperature, soil moisture, fertility, light duration and intensity, humidity, shelter, shade and CO2 concentration
    • Rainfall has traditionally been plenty but with recent changes in climate, surface and ground water are becoming important irrigation systems.
    • Climate risks like floods in Assam, soil water logging, winter precipitation deficits with seasonal draughts
    • Fluctuations in temperatures
It is no longer climate change — it is climate chaos
Result:
  • Tea quality is suffering
  • Pest-attacks are increasing
Efforts are being to make tea estates climate-smart