A spate of poor growing conditions is souring the fortunes of tea farmers in Darjeeling – though a senior figure in the industry has cast doubt on their pain being felt in the UK.

Since 2012, worsening droughts in West Bengal – accompanied by landslides following downpours – have taken a toll on farmers across the state. Last summer, state agriculture minister Purnendu Basu acknowledged the situation was “pretty bad” after announcing that the state would compensate the farmers most affected.

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