Author Archives: Pullock Dutta

Canadian Peggy Carswell Keeps Phalap Brewing

MERGHERITA, Assam A sip of this golden orange color hot brew would fill your mouth with the smoky taste of a slightly bitter strong liquor. And after a round or two of the “not my cup of tea”, a feeling of rejuvenation runs through your body. Welcome to the world of phalap, an exotic...

Report Highlights Poor Healthcare in Assam’s Tea Estates

JORHAT, Assam, India India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said that tea estate areas in Assam lack proper healthcare facilities and revealed that 37.69 percent of the maternal deaths reported during 2013–14 and 2015–16 were from tea garden areas. In India, the CAG enjoys the same status as a judge of the Supreme...

Report Predicts India’s Tea Exports Will Surge This Year

JORHAT, Assam, India With Kenya and Sri Lanka, the major exporters of bulk tea in the global market, witnessing an erratic cropping pattern, the export prospects for Indian tea appear bright, according to a recent report published by the ICRA, an Indian independent and professional investment information and credit rating agency. According to Tea...

Darjeeling Wrecked or Reborn?

The 105-day strike in the hills of Darjeeling dealt a body blow to the tea industry. Disenchanted workers, few of whom reported for work immediately following the end of the strike, will prolong recovery. DARJEELING, West Bengal, India Tea workers are gradually returning to their jobs in the Darjeeling hills following a national holiday,...

India’s Tea Board to Harness Social Media to Market Organic Tea

JORHAT, Assam, India The Tea Board of India will launch a social media campaign to promote specialty teas from the country in domestic and international markets, according to Tea Board chairman P.K. Bezbaruah, who spoke with World Tea News at a workshop for small tea growers at Tocklai Tea Research Institute recently. Marketing through...

Tocklai Research Institute Releases New Seed Variety

Jorhat Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTIS) released a seed variety named TS560, which the scientists at the world’s oldest tea research station said is a gift to Darjeeling even as production of tea is likely to be lower by 15-30 percent next year in the hill district as tea estates remain shut due to...

Darjeeling Back in Business

DARJEELING, West Bengal, India Tea workers in Darjeeling will be awarded a 19.75 percent annual bonus estimated at $9.3 million with the assurance by labor representatives of a return to normalcy. But Darjeeling is not normal yet. Traffic restrictions remain and several shops are still closed. Security forces are forcing the shops and other business...

WHO Encourages Tea Drinking for a New Generation

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka In 1989 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that one key to human longevity is “more tea and less smoking.” Two decades later, the United Nations once again has called upon the tea industry to focus on the health benefits of tea ― this time to attract a younger generation to...

India White Tea Production Expands to Assam

By Pullock Dutta JORHAT, Assam The best-known gardens in India producing white tea are in Darjeeling in the far north and in the southern Nilgiri Mountains. Taking an inspiration from the royal Chinese tradition, Raj Barooah, director of Aideobari Tea Estate is developing unique white teas in Assam. His teas are modeled on the...