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‘Crackdown on sub-standard tea will continue’

Stringent action: Executive Director, Tea Board, R.D. Nazeem (centre), Secretary General, UPASI, Ulas Menon (right) and President, Small Tea Growers Association T. Rangaiah display seized tea samples on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: – Photo: D. Radhakrishnan

Special Correspondent

Following a tip off a raid was conducted at Adhigaratty

Udhagamandalam: The crackdown by the Tea Board on the manufacture of sub-standard and adulterated tea was yielding good results, said the Executive Director, Tea Board, R.,D. Nazeem at Coonoor on Tuesday.

Speaking to newspersons, he said that many have become quality conscious. However, with things looking up on the tea front some of the manufacturers were trying to make a fast buck by producing sub-standard tea.

Manufacturing process

Though reconditioned (RC) tea should not be used in the manufacturing process, some were mixing them with processed raw leaves.

This was resulting in the prices falling in the auctions.

Mr. Nazeem added that following a tip off a raid was conducted in Adhigaratty area on Monday by officials from the Tea Board and the United Planters Association of Southern India (UPASI).

In one of the CTC factories about 2,200 kilograms of orthodox waste were found. Samples of tea processed at the factory have been taken for analysis.

Distribution

There will be no let up in the crackdown.

Adverting to various schemes being implemented by the Tea Board, he said that distribution of assistance under the Education subsidy scheme to children of small tea growers doing professional courses would commence soon. Though the Board was implementing a pruning subsidy scheme, not many were utilising it.

Pruning

Underscoring the importance of pruning, he said that this year the Tea Board has sanctioned Rs. 50 lakh.

Though many of self-help groups have applied for funds, the Tea Board has been informed that among them were groups which have been formed only to get the subsidy.

Frauds

Regretting that the number of persons indulging in such frauds was on the rise, he cautioned that without being fully satisfied with their activities the Tea Board will not release any subsidy.

An attempt was made recently by a delegation to familiarise the tea industry in China with the Nilgiris tea.