The first-level evaluation of the teas entered for The Golden Leaf India Awards: Southern Tea Competition (TGLIA: STC) was held at the United Planters Association of Southern India (UPASI) in Coonoor on Saturday.

C. Shreedharan, convener, organising committee, said that the response to this year's competition, which was the 8th edition, was overwhelming.

 The theme for the 8th edition was “Quality and Volume.”  

Accordingly, a back-up quantity of 2 tonnes for orthodox and minimum 3 tonnes for CTC category was fixed as eligibility criteria.

The teas which qualified for the first level  screening will also be screened for pesticide residue parameters and heavy metals.

Mr. Shreedharan said that the competition will be held from Aril 3 to 5 at Palm Atlantis, Dubai, coinciding with the 4th Global Dubai Tea Forum. The final tasting session will be held on April 4.