• Thursday, December 08, 2022

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India protests threaten Darjeeling tea industry

The unrest is preventing tea leaf pickers from turning up to work.

By: Sarwar Alam

Protests that have shut down Darjeeling in eastern India threaten to derail the tea harvest just as the leaves are at their finest, industry experts warned on Thursday (23). The picturesque hill station has been reeling from deadly separatist unrest that has forced shops and businesses to shut and caused tourists to flee. Now tea makers say the unrest is preventing their pickers from turning up to work just as they were due to harvest the famed second flush — the finest and most expensive of Darjeeling teas. “The strike couldn’t have come at a worse time. This is the peak second-flush output season,”…

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