Industry Minister interacts with Small Tea Growers
Dispur, July 23: Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patoway interacted with the representatives of small tea growers associations of the state at a meeting held at Assam Administrative Staff College on Thursday. The meeting discussed in details all the issues and challenges pertaining to the small tea growers of Assam.
The associations drew the attention of the Minister for minimum support price to the small tea growers from the Bought Leaf Factories during both peak and lean seasons. They further asked the Assam Government to fix a fair price or minimum rate of their tea leaves. They also raised the issue of overpriced manure.
Minister Patowary ensured that their grievances will be addressed. ‘There will be no compromise on the quality of tea leaves and fair price’, said Patowary. It was decided that the Industry Minister will have a meeting very soon with all the Deputy Commissioners to monitor that bought leaf factories buy only quality tea leaves and ensure fair price for the small tea growers.The Minister asked Arunita Phukan Yadav, Executive Director, Tea Board, NE Zone, to instruct all the Development Officers of the Tea Board to visit the bought leaf factories and monitor strict compliance of the quality of tea leaves and fair price. Asking the small tea growers to supply quality tea leaves, Industry Minister encouraged them to opt for orthodox tea which has a higher value in the international market. He further called upon them to set up bought leaf factories by forming self-help groups.Dr. KK Dwivedi, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department; Oinam Sarankumar Singh, Commissioner of Industries and Commerce; Ramen Lal Baishya, Director of Tea and other senior officials were present in the meeting.