Conducted to boost organising capacity and promote spirit of cooperation
Udhagamandalam: A month-long training programme for representatives of self-help groups in the Nilgiris and Wynad engaged in tea cultivation, organised by the Tea Board in association with the United Planters Association of Southern India-Krishi Vigyan Kendra (UPASI-KVK), began at Coonoor on Friday.
Inaugurating the programme, the Executive Director, Tea Board, R.D.Nazeem said that the objective was to hone their organising capacity and promote the spirit of cooperation.
Stating that sixty groups will benefit from the programme, he said that it will be conducted in a phased manner. The programme has been designed to make the groups self-sustaining.
The trainees will develop a corporate sector mindset and shoulder responsibilities of a varied kind.
Pointing out that such a programme was being organised for the first time in the country, he said that inter alia it was to ensure that the groups accorded the highest priority to quality.
Till now the Tea Board has disbursed about Rs. 43.18 lakh by way of subsidy in South India for purchase of vehicles, fertilizers, etc. and setting up of leaf sheds.
Out of about 77 groups which were engaged in tea cultivation only 22 were functioning well.