New Schemes To Improve Tea Quality
Tea Board India's regional office in Gudalur, the Nilgiris, is to support individual farmers and small collectives for the setting up of mini tea units of capacity of up to 500 kg.
The scheme is among many which will be introduced to improve quality and increase production of tea, a press release said.
"The Tea Board has announced various subsidy schemes, grants-in-aid and financial assistance to its stakeholders," read the press release, which went onto state that the new schemes will provide assistance towards replanting, rejuvenation, irrigation, field mechanization, and organic certification for both big and small tea plantations.
"To ensure quality and to promote value addition at the processing stage, subsidies are extended for factory modernization and setting up of new factories and quality certification," stated.
Assistance to dependants of workers employed in large tea plantations for their education will also be provided, including stipends, Nehru awards for students performing well academically and other assistance for short-term vocational training. The schemes will also provide healthcare for terminally ill patients suffering from cancer, heart and kidney ailments.
Source - www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/new-schemes-to-improve-tea-quality/article24284538