Special Correspondent

It will benefit small tea growers

Udhagamandalam: The State Government has approved a Rs. 60-crore proposal prepared by Tea Board and the United Planters Association of Southern India-Krishi Vigyan Kendra (UPASI-KVK) for the improvement of the Industrial Cooperative (INDCO) sector, said the Executive Director, Tea Board, R.D.Nazeem, here on Thursday.

Addressing a seminar organised by the Tea Board at Coonoor, he said that it has been forwarded to the Tea Board for funds, he hoped that once the green signal was obtained, thousands of small tea growers would benefit.

He said that the manufacture of tea with coarse leaves would no longer be tolerated. The Board would intensify its drive to put an end to the illegal practice of knife harvesting.

While carrying out inspections if any of the manufacturers or leaf agents resorted to questionable behaviour, appropriate action would be initiated against them.

The architects of the revolution being witnessed in the tea sector now are the young local graduates who are making all sections of the industry quality conscious.

Quality of tea

The speakers representing the bought leaf sector said that they wholeheartedly supported the efforts of the Board to improve the quality of the tea manufactured in Nilgiris. The Nilgiris District Bought Leaf Tea Manufacturers Association would make its members part of the inspecting teams.