PTI | 05:02 PM,Feb 26,2012
Guwahati, Feb 26 (PTI) Three Assam tea producers'
Associations have submitted a memorandum to the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce urging it to take
immediate measures to ensure the survival of Assam's tea
A joint forum of Assam Tea Planters' Association
(ATPA), North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) and Bharatiya Cha
Parishad (BCP) pointed out that the industry was passing
through a period of stagnancy.
Stating these, NETA Chairman Bidyananda Barkakoty said
here today that the average price of CTC tea in Guwahati Tea
Auction Centre (GTAC) from April 1, 2011 to January 31 2012
was lower by Rs 4.41 compared to that of the same period in
Rise in cost of key inputs such as fertilizers, coal,
fuel, gas and electricity have made the task of containing
the cost of production difficult.
"If logical steps are not taken immediately to
address policy bottlenecks in the primary markets/auctions,
there is every possibility that soon the industry will be
gasping for survival," he said.
The Planters' Associations have also called for
immediate auction reforms and urged for a robust electronic
auction for fair price.
"Unlike other tea growing areas/states, tea is a
major industry of Assam and therefore sustained viability of
the tea industry is vital for the local economy," he added.