It was in trouble owing to inadequate supply of raw tea leaves
Udhagamandalam: The Industrial Cooperative (INDCO) Tea Factory at Ebbanad near here got a fresh lease of life on Wednesday thanks to the efforts of the Minister for Rural Industries Pongalur N.Palanisamy and the Khadi Board Minister K.Ramachandran.
The factory which started its processing activities about thirteen years ago had run into rough weather often due to reasons like inadequate supply of raw tea leaves.
Consequently it had to suspend production between 12.9.2002 and 15.10.2002, 5.1.2005 and 30.6.2005, and 16.2.2007 and 31.12.2009.
With members of the factory urging the government to re-open the factory, the government and the Tea Board had earmarked a sum of Rs. 62.34 lakh to install new machinery.
After a month-long trial run, the factory was re-opened on Wednesday in order to resume operations.
Addressing the gathering at the factory on the occasion, Mr.Palanisamy hoped that it will not become necessary to close the factory again.
He asked the small tea growers in Ebbanad and surroundings including Kadanad and Thuneri to treat the factory as their own and be faithful to it by supplying good quality tea leaves regularly, so that the factory could benefit.
Farmers should extend a helping hand to the government.
If they do not cooperate the government will be forced to auction the factory.
Mr.Ramachandran said that a committee would be formed to ensure that supply of good quality leaves to the factory is not affected.
The Udhagamandalam MLA B.Gopalan and the Coonoor MLA A.Soundarapandian also spoke.
The Special Officer, Indcoserve Vinoth Kumar, welcomed the gathering at the function that had been organised.