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Scientific price-sharing formula for tea sought

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GUWAHATI, March 10 � The Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers� Association (CISTA) demanded that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Tea Board of India should work towards developing a realistic and scientific price-sharing formula.

Concluding its seventh annual general body meeting in New Delhi recently, CISTA said that a price-sharing formula based on the directions of the Madras High Court should be developed immediately and it should be implemented in a speedy and transparent manner.

The AGM was represented by almost 40 representatives of small tea growers from over nine tea-producing States of India including Assam, West Bengal, Nagaland and Tamil Nadu, a press release stated.

Emphasising that the role, structure and functions of the Directorate for Small Tea Growers be defined, representatives of CISTA stressed that the information on it should reach the grassroots. CISTA representatives stressed that �green leaf� should be covered under crop protection schemes of agriculture.

It was also raised that the advisory body to the STG directorate from the small tea growers associations should be formed immediately.

CISTA in this AGM took an important position on the issue of the workers of small tea plantations and demanded that a coherent programme should be developed by the Tea Board for the welfare of workers of small tea plantations.

�These may include sanitation, drinking water, housing, education, health, maternity benefits and old-age pension,� stated the press release.

In the interactive session which followed the AGM, Vandana Yadav, Director, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, said that the long-awaited small tea grower development scheme under the 12th Plan period under the plantation development scheme is ready to be rolled out immediately.

She also said that the future of tea as an export commodity lies in the creation of a nice market and the small tea growers should work towards it.

G Boriah, adviser, Directorate of Small Tea Growers, Tea Board of India, pointed out that with regard to the STG directorate, steps have been taken and 35 development officers have been recruited and they are undergoing training.

They will be posted in areas of STG concentration. Other speakers included AK Kala, adviser (Protocol), Tea Board of India, Sunil Kumar, NABARD, Pattabiraman Subramaniam, Programme Manager, Delegation of European Union to India, Bijoy Gopal Chakraborty, president, CISTA and J John, executive director, Centre for Education and Communication.

The interactive session, �Small Tea Growers: Structural Transformations in the Indian Tea Industry and the Way Forward� was facilitated by the Centre for Education and Communication.

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Scientific price-sharing formula for tea sought

GUWAHATI, March 10 � The Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers� Association (CISTA) demanded that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Tea Board of India should work towards developing a realistic and scientific price-sharing formula.

Concluding its seventh annual general body meeting in New Delhi recently, CISTA said that a price-sharing formula based on the directions of the Madras High Court should be developed immediately and it should be implemented in a speedy and transparent manner.

The AGM was represented by almost 40 representatives of small tea growers from over nine tea-producing States of India including Assam, West Bengal, Nagaland and Tamil Nadu, a press release stated.

Emphasising that the role, structure and functions of the Directorate for Small Tea Growers be defined, representatives of CISTA stressed that the information on it should reach the grassroots. CISTA representatives stressed that �green leaf� should be covered under crop protection schemes of agriculture.

It was also raised that the advisory body to the STG directorate from the small tea growers associations should be formed immediately.

CISTA in this AGM took an important position on the issue of the workers of small tea plantations and demanded that a coherent programme should be developed by the Tea Board for the welfare of workers of small tea plantations.

�These may include sanitation, drinking water, housing, education, health, maternity benefits and old-age pension,� stated the press release.

In the interactive session which followed the AGM, Vandana Yadav, Director, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, said that the long-awaited small tea grower development scheme under the 12th Plan period under the plantation development scheme is ready to be rolled out immediately.

She also said that the future of tea as an export commodity lies in the creation of a nice market and the small tea growers should work towards it.

G Boriah, adviser, Directorate of Small Tea Growers, Tea Board of India, pointed out that with regard to the STG directorate, steps have been taken and 35 development officers have been recruited and they are undergoing training.

They will be posted in areas of STG concentration. Other speakers included AK Kala, adviser (Protocol), Tea Board of India, Sunil Kumar, NABARD, Pattabiraman Subramaniam, Programme Manager, Delegation of European Union to India, Bijoy Gopal Chakraborty, president, CISTA and J John, executive director, Centre for Education and Communication.

The interactive session, �Small Tea Growers: Structural Transformations in the Indian Tea Industry and the Way Forward� was facilitated by the Centre for Education and Communication.

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