The agro-climatic conditions in Tripura are suitable for development of tea plantation. The soil is generally fertile, without any major problems of toxicities or deficiencies. The average annual rainfall is about 210 cm. with a fairly even distribution over the year.Tripura has a history of tea plantations dating back to 1916.In fact, Tripura is categorized as a traditional tea-growing State – with about 55 Tea Estates and 4,350 small tea growers, producing about 8.9 million kg. of tea every year. This makes Tripura the 5th largest, among the 14 tea-producing States, after Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu & Kerala. There is considerable scope to increase the productivity and area under tea plantation.
The tea currently produced in Tripura is recognized for its good blending qualities. Some plantations in the State are going for organic production of tea and green tea manufacturing. There is considerable scope for investment in the tea sector of the State, especially for blending units.