From Economic Times of India, 1 June, ET Bureau
KOLKATA: In a bid to promote small tea-growers of India, the Tea Board has decided to assist a group from West Bengal in setting up the country's first tea processing unit by small tea-growers.
The Panbari Small Tea-Growers Society of Assam, a self-help group, which was formed a few years ago, in Panbari village, has decided to go ahead with setting up of a tea processing factory in the village for which it acquired two hectares of land and pooled an amount of Rs 65 lakh. The board is assisting these growers and one of the nationalised banks has decided to provide loans.
A senior official in the Tea Board confirmed that the proposal has been pending for a long time and it is only now being implemented because of the initiative by Panbari tea-growers. "The small tea growers in the tea growing regions of north India have become a force to reckon with," the official added.