Tea Board of India

Planter Will Chair India Tea Board

KOLKATA, India The Government of India broke with tradition last week and named the first tea planter to chair the India Tea Board. In announcing the appointment, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry stated that the executive powers formerly held by the chair will be transferred to an executive deputy chairman, a position that...

New Tax Will Likely Inflate India Tea Prices

India has largely avoided economic stagnation brought by falling commodity prices and is on pace to maintain sustained growth of 7% per year. That is one reason the government is backing that nation’s first Goods and Services Tax (GST), a common means of financing expansion. The proposed tax is a dual program administered by...

Kochi Tea Buyers Ignore e-Auction

Last week for the first time since it was founded, all the tea on sale at India’s Kochi e-Auction remained unsold as buyers abstained from participation in protest of new e-auction rules. The previous week’s auction resulted in the sale of only 715 out of 1,743 lots by 190 active members of the Tea...

India Revises Plant Protection Code

Mindful of increasingly stringent import requirements and a domestic market concerned about pesticide residue the Tea Board of India is enforcing the fifth revision of the Plant Protection Code. The goal is to “achieve sustainability through GAP including IPM, promotion of alternative control strategies (biological controls etc.) to gradually reduce the dependence on chemicals,”...

Seeking Sustainability through a Plant Protection Code

Tea Board of India is taking things further with the development of a Plant Protection Code (PPC). The PPC is intended to layout the best practices related to tea production. The developers were interested in lowering the use of pesticides, maximizing sustainability efforts, and producing better quality tea. They also believe that the recommendations...

India’s Domestic Consumption

MUMBAI, India – Thanks to the Herculean efforts of India’s small tea growers, the country is quickly closing in on China as the world’s largest tea producer. The Indian Tea Association proudly declared this week that overall production grew by 6.5 percent last year for a record 1.2 million metric tons of tea. Small...

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Bangladesh Tensions with India Impact 1000 Tea Plantations on the Border

JALPAIGURI, West Bengal – Along Assam’s southern border with Bangladesh, tea growers report cross-border tensions are at a high. The border fence runs through tea gardens maintained by growers in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. At the time the territorial boundary was established the precise location of the “zero line” was not known....

India Tea Board Chairman Reassigned

KOLKATA, India – India Tea Board Chairman Shri M.G.V.K. Bhanu announced Sunday that he will return to Assam in the New Year. “It is a wonderful experience here, but I am returning to Assam as my services are required there,’’ Bhanu told The Hindu Dec. 11. He made the announcement public at the general meeting...

Indian Tea Faces Contamination Claims

Tea recently sourced from India may be contaminated with chemicals like nicotine and heavy metals like arsenic and the Tea Board of India has asked the Tea Research Association (TRA) and the United Planters’ Association of Southern India (UPASI) to study the source of these substances, according to The Economic Times. However, tea farmers...

Tea Board to Streamline Exports

The Tea Board of India will soon be restructuring its exporting policies, according to The Hindu. With a less stringent policy, it will be possible to obtain an exporting license within 48 hours as opposed to the current timeframe of licensing which can take months. Export licenses are issued by the Tea Distribution and...