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Former Indian tea workers dying of malnutrition
Author£ºColourful Tea    Time£º2007-6-9    Hits£º561

Last Updated 08/06/2007, 22:33:50


A court inquiry in India has found 700 former tea workers have died from diseases linked to malnutrition over the past year.

Investigations by the Supreme Court found poor production and low yields led to the closure of 16 tea gardens in a remote part of West Bengal state.

Many workers lost their jobs and were left with no income to survive.

Hundreds more are starving.

India's tea industry has been suffering since 1999, with growers now fetching much lower prices for tea leaves, while production costs have been soaring.

K Mukherjee told Radio Australia's Asia Pacific Program from the Tea Association of India says overseas competition has contribruted to the problem.

"The competitions are aplenty from our competitors in Kenya, Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam," he said.

 

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