Tea cultivation, introduced by the British, has been the most important plantation crop in the Nilgiris. With hundreds of large tea plantations, about 50 thousand small farmers and tens of thousands of plantation workers, most people of the Nilgiris depend on tea as their livelihood.
The yield of tea has increased due to good rainfall in the current year. But the farmers are struggling as they are not getting the right price for green tea. At this stage, the tea plants are being attacked by blight disease. The small tea farmers are in tears as the increase in yield is of no use.