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No reports on destruction of tea leaves

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NEW DELHI, Aug 7 - The Centre today said that it has no reports from Tea Board about forced destruction of green tea leaves by small tea growers due to refusal of the large tea producers to purchase green tea leaves from them.

In a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry said that the Tea Board has a network of field offices located in all important tea growing regions, including NE region, where small tea growers are concentrated. A price sharing formula has been notified for ensuring equitable sharing of sale proceed between factories and growers.

District level monitoring committees have been formed in the tea growing areas to monitor the green leaf price. The Tea (Marketing) Control Order, 2003, has been amended to ensure transparency in prices paid by tea manufacturers to the small growers by referencing them to the average auction prices of tea in the region. The growers are also being encouraged to set up their own tea factories either individually or collectively, the Minister said.

There are estimated 2 lakh small tea growers covering an area of 1.60 lakh hectares, she informed.

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No reports on destruction of tea leaves

NEW DELHI, Aug 7 - The Centre today said that it has no reports from Tea Board about forced destruction of green tea leaves by small tea growers due to refusal of the large tea producers to purchase green tea leaves from them.

In a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry said that the Tea Board has a network of field offices located in all important tea growing regions, including NE region, where small tea growers are concentrated. A price sharing formula has been notified for ensuring equitable sharing of sale proceed between factories and growers.

District level monitoring committees have been formed in the tea growing areas to monitor the green leaf price. The Tea (Marketing) Control Order, 2003, has been amended to ensure transparency in prices paid by tea manufacturers to the small growers by referencing them to the average auction prices of tea in the region. The growers are also being encouraged to set up their own tea factories either individually or collectively, the Minister said.

There are estimated 2 lakh small tea growers covering an area of 1.60 lakh hectares, she informed.