Tea industry experts discuss problems
By Soumyajit Majumder, Kolkata, Feb 22 : The Indian Chamber of Commerce organised on Thursday "Tea Conclave", a panel discussion on the various problems affecting the tea industry in India and an initiative to solve them.
MK Saharia, Chairman, North East Regional Council, ICC said," The major problem faced by the tea industry here in India are the shortage of labour, extensive use of pesticides and the rapid change of climate. We need to find out solutions to these problems to sustain the industry."
Several other issues discussed were the importance of waterways for tea sector, opportunities of packaged tea sector in India and the global perspective of Indian Tea.
Speaking on this occasion SV Krishna Reddy, Director, Inland Waterways Authority of India said, "Years ago inland waterways played an important role in transportation of Tea from the north eastern part to the main land India, but with the advent of road transport, water transport could not sustain its role. However with the increasing road transport cost and the pollution problems, inland waterways hold a great potential to be a major transport system for cargo transfers."
The programme also saw many top management executives speaking on the issues including M C Appaiah of Duncan Tea, Sheo Shankar Bagaria of Bagaria Group, N dharamraj of Harrisons Malayalam and others.
Mr. M G V K Bhanu, Chairman, Tea Board of India was also present.