Assam

Wildlife Conservation in India’s Tea Gardens

One of the world’s largest animals, the majestic elephant holds a dear place in most people’s hearts. However, a stressed elephant can kill a human with one strike of its trunk, a fact known only too well by India’s tea plantation workers, where conflict between humans and elephants is rife. Although elephants are still...

Bidders Are Setting New Records at Tea Auctions This Spring

JORHAT, Assam Halmari tea estate in India’s Assam set a world record price of $10.50 (INRs700) per kilogram for crush, tear, curl (CTC) at the Calcutta auction last month. The tea was purchased by Kolkata-based J. Thomas & Co., and Mahabod Tea House in Kolkata purchased 307 kilograms. The tea is expected to sell...

First Tea Company in India to Be Auctioned for Debt

JORHAT, Assam The Assam Company, the world’s first tea company and perhaps the most prized tea company (in terms of its assets), is going under the hammer. The company owes around INRs 1,800 crore (US $270 million), including penal interest, to its financial creditors, or lenders. The Guwahati Assam bench of the National Company...

Assam Tea Workers Consider Strike for Higher Minimum Wage

DIBRUGARH, Assam Frustrated tea workers are considering a walkout that could seriously impact production in the Brahmaputra Valley, the world’s largest tea-producing region. Members of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) labor union staged demonstrations last week in several locations in pursuit of a wage hike. A one-day work stoppage drew attention to their...

India’s Tea Exports Increase, Output Drops

JORHAT, Assam Quality played a key role in India’s tea exports, which saw a jump of nearly 7 percent during the April–January period of 2017–18 over the corresponding period in the previous year. Last year, the country’s tea exports had touched a 36-year high of 240.7 million kilograms. The previous record was in 1981...

Thanks to Smallholders, India Tea Exports Rebound to Record Levels

Outstanding yields in South India offset declines in Darjeeling as tea production reached a record 1,279 million kilograms in 2017, up about 1 percent from 1,267 million kilograms harvested in 2016. Exports topped 240.7 million kilograms during calendar 2017, a level not seen since 1981, according to the Tea Board of India. Exports were...

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...

Assam Grants Smallholders Land Rights for First Time

Tea small holders in Assam will for the first time be granted land rights. Addressing a meeting of the All Assam Small Tea Growers’ Association (ASTGA) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced on Sept. 11 that 78,286 growers will be awarded land deeds known as “pattas.” The decision will increase productivity and help improve...