Covid-19 lockdown may brew trouble for tea sector

Worry struck-plantations and allied things to do may possibly do havoc with India’s tea marketplace.

Although Tamil Nadu withdrew the restrictions yesterday, the full sector has come to a grinding halt in all other major tea rising states of Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka and many others.

Assam contributes to fifty percent of India’s one,300 furthermore million kg of output whilst a different 25 for every cent output comes from West Bengal. The economic climate of upper Assam and North Bengal are just about fully dependent on tea.

The lockdown coincided with flush output and will virtually eliminate Darjeeling tea marketplace that earns 40 for every cent of yearly income this time. The decision has impacted equally massive estates and compact growers, contributing additional than fifty percent of India’s output, in equivalent measure.

Small growers hardly have to have substantially labour and were not barred from plucking. However, they were

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Indian Tea Association, CII welcome sops to tea sector in Assam budget

The Indian Tea Association (ITA) and apex chambers CII and FICCI welcomed Assam government’s initiative to improve the quality of life of tea workers and offer sops to the tea plantation sector to tide over the difficult times.

In his Budget proposal for 2020-21, Assam finance minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that the 7.21 lakh tea labourers will get ₹50,000 each as payment of gratuity on retirement. The budget was submitted on March 6.

This apart the third tranche of ongoing financial support of ₹3,000 each will be paid through bank transfer. Also, tea gardens will get substantial share of the government’s fresh rural development initiatives. This includes construction of over 100 high schools in tea estates.

The plight of tea workers and their inadequate access to civic amenities had been a long-debated issue. Accordingly, the interventions were much required.

However, to help the industry the government announced Orthodox

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