New Tea Time Notified for Cropping Season of 2024

The Tea Board of India has issued an order notifying the dates of commencement of plucking or receiving of green leaves for all tea factories for 2024. This order was issued on January 24, 2024.

It may be recalled that the Licensing and Registering Authority of the Tea Board had mandated the last date of plucking or receiving of green leaves for the season ending in December 2023. This was in line with the winter dormancy of the tea bushes.

A New Season of Teas

Now, the next cropping season of the year 2024 will begin and tea bushes will start producing new tea leaves or buds. Therefore, the plucking of tea leaves and manufacturing of tea will be commenced once again for this cropping season.

In view of this, the tea board has contemplated the suggestions and feedback of various industry stakeholders. The Tea Board has, therefore, stipulated the following dates to commence the tea manufacturing for all tea factories in accordance with the natural cropping pattern of tea bushes:

Serial NumberPlantation RegionsDate of Implementation
1Dooars, Terai & BiharMonday, February 12, 2024
2Darjeeling Hills & SikkimFriday, March 1, 2024
3Himachal PradeshFriday, March 8, 2024
4UttarakhandFriday, March 8, 2024
Timelines for Commencement of New Tea Manufacturing Season

Exemptions To Commencement Dates

The certain specified tea cultivators can seek exemptions from complying with these commencement dates.

The following cultivators can seek such exemption:

  • gardens that have adopted pruning
  • gardens that have adopted non-traditional cultivation practices and expect early crops
  • manufacturers of:
    • orthodox teas
    • green tea and
    • specialty teas

This exemption can be availed by applying to the respective office of the Tea Board. The authorized officers may issue exemptions after field verifications and intimations to the Head Office of the Board.

Additionally, prior to the grant of such exemptions the officers will scrutinize the pruning practices, irrigation facilities and early rain patterns to detect flushing patterns.

Hence, all concerned tea manufacturers and tea factories are urged to strictly comply with the notified commencement dates.