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Protests are jeopardizing India’s most prized Darjeeling tea leaves

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Protests in the Indian town of Darjeeling are stopping pickers from working in the season that generates their best tea—and that makes up 40% of their yearly revenue.

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Darjeeling tea plants produce new leaves five times a year. Drinkers prize the second batch of leaves.

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The second season happens in June and July, but separatist unrest is stopping the harvest. The riots also forced shops to close and made tourists leave.

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Drinkers pay more for the second batch of leaves, so losing it can be very damaging for growers.

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The Darjeeling area produces up to 10 million kg of the famous tea every year, employing some 57,000 people.

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The riots have been going on for two weeks. Because the second season happens until next month, there could still be time to harvest if the unrest stops soon.

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