India

India cultivates tea in the plains and in the mountains. The country produces 1 million tons of tea per year and exports less than 20% of its production (200 000 tons). These numbers are consistent with the consumption of tea in India; 800 000 tons are consumed domestically, particularly at home and on every street corner in the form of “Chai”. The largest tea producing region in India is the Assam (500 000 to 550 000 tons per year). Further south is the Nilgiri which produces 350 000 tons annually. With its 87 gardens the Darjeeling region produces 10 000 ton per year. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the reputation of Darjeeling is universal, but the production is very limited because of its geographic location and the quantity of land available for agricultural production. To protect producers and consumers, Darjeeling has the PGI (Protected Geographical Indications) since 2009. 

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