Tripura’s tea is about to make a mark in the national and global market as the Tea Board of India is planning a logo and brand for the tea produced in the State. Tea Board of India’s Assistant Director, Diganta Barman mentioned that there have been a lot effort to turn the industry into a profit-making sector, but even after a hundred years, tea from Tripura is yet to be exported.
On the process of logo and brand declaration, Barman said that there are several processes before a logo is declared which involve testing of variety, quality, and yield rate of tea, chemical and physical testing, and collecting samples from different flush varieties among others, and the process is in progress.
A senior official of the Tripura Tea Development Corporation said that Tripura’s tea can do better with a logo, a brand and proper trade strategy. Some small tea growers like of Mohanpur have got the ‘organic tea’ tag for their produce. One STG farmer Chakraborty has already got the ‘scope certificate’ after fulfilling all the criteria of the National Programme for Organic Production Standards. It means that his tea will be treated ‘under conversion’ to organic tea for the next three years. After that, it will be branded ‘complete organic tea’.
Barman said the logo is expected to be ready in the next couple of months. The issue is likely to be discussed at a meeting of the Tea Board in Guwahati, starting from Tuesday.