Assam is the largest producer of tea in India.
India is one of the largest producers of tea in the world, second only to China. India recorded a total production of 1233.14 million kilograms of tea in the year 2015-16. Although approximately 75% to 80% of the tea produced is consumed within the country, India has been a major exporter of tea. India had registered an export figure of 232.92 million Kilograms in the year 2015-16. Assam Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Kangra Tea, and Nilgiri Tea are registered as Geographical Indications which means these names can be used exclusively by tea producers of the respective areas.
Approximately 52% of the total tea produced in India comes from the State of Assam. The State registered 652.95 million kilograms of tea production in the year 2015-16. Lakhimpur, Kamrup, Goalpara, Sivasagar, Cachar, Nagaon, and Derang districts of the State are the principal producers of tea.
West Bengal comes at the second position in the list of tea-producing states with 329.70 million kilograms of tea production in the year 2015-16, which is roughly 26% of the national produce. Districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, and Coochbehar are the major tea producers of the State.
The state of Tamil Nadu occupies third place with a production of 161.49 million kilograms of tea in the year 2015-16, whereas Kerala comes at fourth place with 56.63 million kilograms of tea in the year 2015-16. Nilgiri Hills and Munnar are the places in these two states which are famous for tea production.
Other tea-producing states are Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, and the States of North East. However, the combined production of the other States was a mere 32.37 million kilograms of tea in the year 2015-16.