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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 10:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

`Accord high priority to tea quality'

Special Correspondent

Product sub-standard as coarse and poor quality leaves are used, says Tea Board Executive Director While it is proposed to bring tea leaf agents under the control of the Tea Board, a crackdown on tea adulterators in the plains is on the cards





UDHAGAMANDALAM: Tea manufacturers should accord highest priority to quality, said Executive Director of Tea Board Nazeem.

Interacting with those from the tea industry at Coonoor recently, he regretted that in many factories sub-standard tea was being produced. This was due to the use of coarse and poor quality leaves.

Emphasising the need to improve the tea manufacturing methods, he said that lab tests carried out recently revealed that the samples from seven private bought leaf tea factories and ten cooperative factories were not up to the Prevention of Food Adulteration standards.

While small countries such as Kenya and Vietnam were manufacturing good quality tea, many of the tea factories here were producing `some substance which is in no way related to tea'.

Urging the tea leaf agents to procure only good quality raw leaves from growers, he said that the tea factories also should not accept sub-standard leaves.

While it was proposed to bring tea leaf agents under the control of the Tea Board, a crackdown on tea adulterators in the plains was on the cards.

Adverting to the subsidy extended by the Tea Board to change the machinery in many tea factories, he said that prior to accepting the benefit, the manufacturers had given an undertaking that they would not produce sub-standard tea. In the event of any of them going back on their assurance, the subsidy would be recovered with interest.

While the factories should go all out to improve the quality of their products within two months, those that failed to rise to the expectations of the Tea Board would be closed.

Appropriate action would be taken against erring agents and brokers also. Additional Secretary of Industry and Commerce Harshai Meena also spoke on the occasion.








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Date:29/09/2005

Tamil Nadu - Udhagamandalam

`Quality of tea at auctions improves'

Special Correspondent

Many bought leaf factories now get more than Rs. 60 a kg





UDHAGAMANDALAM: The quality of tea offered at the auctions, particularly by the small sector bought leaf manufacturers has shown remarkable improvement, said the Chairman of the Coonoor Tea Trade Association (CTTA) J. Suresh Babu.

Steady increase


Addressing the 12th Annual General Meeting of the Association at Coonoor recently, he said that consequent to the improvement, many of the bought leaf factories got more than Rs. 60 a kg.

While the weekly auctions witnessed steady increase in the number of such factories, some of the bought leaf factories such as Darmona, Hittakkal and Riverside excelled in the prestigious Golden Leaf Awards - Southern Tea Competitions held at the United Planters Association of Southern India (UPASI) at Coonoor recently.

Price decline


However, in general, the price that improved in April started declining thereafter. The average price in August was Rs. 37.13, while it was Rs. 40.02 during the corresponding period last year.

Pointing out that the latest trends in exports indicated a decline both in the North and South, he said that in the domestic market the movement of good quality tea in many parts of the country including Gujarat and Maharashtra was affected by the unprecedented rain.

Stating that multinational companies were going all out to capture the Indian market, he hoped that the Government would concentrate on promoting tea in the domestic market.

Assistance assured


Urging the Tea Board to launch a major generic promotion programme in the domestic market with focus on Nilgiris tea, Mr. Babu assured that the CTTA would extend all possible assistance.

The Indian tea production in 2004 registered a sharp decline compared to the previous year.

Total harvest


The total harvest for the year was 820.2 million kg. It was 36.9 million kg lower than 2003. South Indian tea production in January - June 2005 was 98.5 million kg as against 88.9 million kg during the corresponding period last year.

The offering from the Corporate sector to the Coonoor auction centre showed a slight increase up to August when compared to last year.








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