India Nov 2008 tea exports rise over 3 pct

MUMBAI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - India's tea exports rose 3.17 percent in November as tea consumption during the winter months witnessed a pick-up, a senior Tea Board official said on Friday.

Exports during November were 19,051 million kg, compared with 18,466 million kg a year ago, G.Boriah, director of tea development, told Reuters.

Total exports during the January-November period stood at 175,519 million kg, compared with 160,372 million kg a year ago, he said.