The area under tea cultivation in Uttarakhand will be extended by about 1,000 hectares in five years. This was stated in a meeting wherein the State’s Agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal directed the officials concerned to focus on increasing productivity in tea cultivation and publicity of the marketing. An elaborate plan should be made and publicised, the minister said while chairing a meeting to review the progress in efforts aimed at increasing the productivity and quality of tea cultivated in the state on Friday.
Uniyal also directed the officials to check the possibility of producing different flavours of tea and marketing the same in order to widen the tea variety. Tea was cultivated on 1,360 hectare land in past years. The area under tea cultivation was extended by 120 hectares last year with an extension of 130 hectares planned for this year. Officials informed that the tea board has undertaken the collection process for the Champawat tea factory. The board will seek legal advice and operate this factory. Similarly, the closed factory in Chamoli district will also be operated.
The area under tea cultivation will be extended by 1,000 hectares in 24 blocks of eight districts in a period of five years. Presently, a farmer gets the land on lease for 30 years. However, it was decided in the meeting that now onward this period will be shortened to 20 years on the basis of mutual agreement. A proposal will also be sent to the state administration for providing long term loan to the tea board. The agriculture secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram, additional secretary Ram Vilas Yadav and other officials concerned were also present in the meeting.
Saturday, 11 July 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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