Special Correspondent

It is estimated to cost Rs. 89 crore

Indco factories will be modernised at a cost of Rs. 10.88 cr.

Refresher course on tea processing to be conducted

Udhagamandalam: There is a proposal to improve the factories and tea gardens connected with Indcoserve (apex body of the Industrial Cooperative Tea Factories), said the Rural Industries Minister, Pongalur Palanisamy, here on Wednesday.

Stating that it was estimated to cost Rs. 89 crore, he said that it was being considered by the Central Government.

Under another scheme, work on modernising the Industrial Cooperative ( Indco) factories at a cost of Rs. 10.88 crore had been initiated.

Raw materials

The Indco factory at Ebbanad near here which had been closed sometime ago due to lack of adequate raw materials (green tea leaves) was likely to be reopened soon, he said and added that while the daily requirement was about 8,000 kg, it was now receiving around 4,000 kg. A refresher programme on tea processing would be conducted for those in charge of various Indco factories.

Claiming that the State government had impressed upon the Central Government the need to find a permanent solution to the problems of the small tea growers here, he said that the State would keep up the pressure.

He opined, “probably the Centre is not treating the small growers issue as a major problem because it concerns only 65,000 families and is confined to only one district.”