GUWAHATI, Sept 11 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today told a delegation of small tea growers that a total of 78,286 small tea growers of the State would be provided land pattas for their lands in the first phase.
The Chief Minister urged the small tea growers to keep a check on the quality of the tea they produced, as Indian tea had been going through a tough phase in the international market due to falling quality.
Sonowal, who held a meeting with the representatives of the All Assam Small Tea Growers� Association here, assured the delegation of looking into the problems afflicting the small tea growers in the State.
Stating that the small tea industry has been giving employment to a large number of people and uplifting the rural economy, particularly in the Upper Assam districts, Sonowal urged the small tea growers to ensure quality control in view of the falling quality of Indian tea affecting import. He also called upon the association to form a quality control cell.