Tea Board Chairman M.G.V.K. Bhanu on Saturday asked the north Indian tea industry to address workers concerns, the industry would otherwise face serious problems, as there were many employment options available to them.

Addressing the annual general meeting of the India Tea Association, the apex association for the north Indian tea industry (which accounts for 75 per cent of the country’s tea crop), he said: “You have to create an environment to retain workers.”

“Hordes of youths from the Northeast are working in the tea gardens in Karnataka, although much more tea is produced in the north. This is because they are getting better pay and improved working conditions,” he said.