Brewing problems for tea growers as coronavirus lockdown hits crops | Global development

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Problems are brewing for tea producers around the world as the closure of the coronavirus has halted harvesting in several important regions, including the picking of Indian “champagne of teas”.

Despite expectations of increased demand from drinkers at home around the world, producers have become frustrated with the forced quarantine of their workforce, as production in India is expected to drop 9% in 2020.

Lockouts in Assam state in northeast India halted construction for more than a month. The global coronavirus epidemic intensified at the worst possible time for Indian tea producers, just as the most precious crop of the year was ready to be picked.

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