Tripura includes tea in PDS

Tripura includes tea in PDS

Agency News

Agartala, Aug 28 : After introducing Masoor dal and sugar in public distribution system (PDS), Tripura government has planned to subsidize local brand tea in fair price shops from next month, which soon will follow the distribution of edible oil.

Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC) has been asked to supply Tripureswari tea in 100 gm pause packets and the supply of tea will be depending on the demand of individual ration shops based on consumers’ requirement, officials stated.

TTDC Chairman Santosh Saha said that they had proposed the government to start distributing Tripura made tea through PDS so that the state produced tea could reach every household, as CTC tea of Tripureswari brand of the state has already hit the national market for its quality.

“The rate of the tea has been decided at minimum and whatever amount of subsidy is required to be borne by TTDC,” Saha said adding that the distribution of tea would be started as a pilot project in 231 fair shops in Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) at the cost of Rs 17 per 100 grams.

He said the production of tea in last one year recorded at 2.91 lakh kg, which was only 1.53 lakh Kg in 2017 and TTDC has targeted to raise the production at 4.50 lakh kg tea by the end of this year. To boost the tea processing, TTDC would sign an MoU with the Tripura Natural Gas Company Limited (TNGCL) to start a gas-based unit.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had written to Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal early this month to take up the export of Tripura tea with his Bangladesh counterpart. The tea industry in Tripura is over 100 years old. However, the industry hasn’t picked up in the national arena so far.

Tripura has 58 operational gardens, of which 42 are individually owned, three are run by TTDC and 13 are operated under cooperative societies. Most of these tea estates produced orthodox tea till 2000 but moved on to CTC after the millennium. With a bit of prodding from the Tea Board and marketing assistance, many of these gardens are now moving to orthodox tea production.

TTDC is all set to boost tea-tourism in Brahmakundu-Durgabari-Kamalasagar tea-circuit and also in the process to launch the e-booking facility for the convenience of tourists. The existing guesthouses in Durgabari and Brahmakundu tea estates have been upgraded to provide cozy experiences to tourists. Also, steps have been taken to re-model the Kamalasagar guesthouse for tourists stays. (UNI)