SPECIAL PACKAGE TO SMALL TEA GROWERS IN ASSAM
Date : 28 Jul 2010
Location : New Delhi
The contribution of small holdings to the total production of tea in India is 26%. The contribution of small holdings in Assam is 20% of the total production in Assam. Considering this significant contribution, financial assistance is extended to small growers under the 11th Plan schemes for field inputs, establishment of proper leaf collection systems, transport vehicles, setting up of mini tea processing factories and special training on modern aspects of tea growing. The measures adopted by the Government are aimed at improving their farm productivity and quality of their produce and also providing them market access to ensure reasonable return on their investments. A separate cell has been set up in Tea Board to meet the developmental needs of the Small Growers.
Government of India through Tea Board, Kolkata is taking various steps to increase the total production of tea which include new planting, replanting & rejuvenation, irrigation & drainage, quality upgradation, research & development, training and assistance to small tea growers, etc. The budgetary outlay of the Tea Board has been increased to Rs.800 crores during the 11th plan against Rs.350 crore in the 10th Plan.
This information was given by Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.