Uttarakhand News

Good news! Govt. to lease uncultivated land in the hills to develop tea gardens

Uttarakhand Tea Development Board (UTDB) is planning to lease the uncultivated land in the hills for developing tea estates. This will not only provide employment in the region it will also increase the overall tea production in the state. The UTDB will lease the land for 7 to 30 years after which it will be returned back to the respective owners. This move will ensure that the uncultivated land is put into good use and prevent it from turning barren. With this, the tea board expects to raise the production to around 90,000 kilograms by the end of the year, which is around 67,000 kilograms  at present.

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Currently, the state has a total of 1,101 hectare of land in the eight hill states where tea is cultivated. Apart from the that, around 75% of the total tea produced in the state is organic. The organic tea has a higher demand in world market as compared to regular tea. Tea processing units are situated at Harinagari, Shaymkhet, Champawat and Bhatauli. Around 61% women in Uttarakhand are employed in the various tea development programme which is expected to increase with this move.

Inputs from Amar Ujala