Smallholder Tea Growers to Adopt More Sustainable Farming Practices
Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity- Phase II
June 14, 2013 | Dibrugarh, Assam
Tea is a major crop in Assam and the tea industry, dating back to the year 1826, provides average daily employment to more than six hundred thousand people in the state. Its sustained viability is therefore vital for the local economy. But, over the years, overuse of pesticide in the tea gardens in Assam has been a major challenge to the tea industry due to ever increasing global demand for quality. Despite the pest pressure on the crop, the use of pesticides has become increasingly difficult today. Soil health management has emerged as a formidable challenge to ensure productivity and profitability. Over the years, unabated depletion of organic matter and nutrients has led to the decline of fertility and productivity of tea soil.

To maximize productivity, balance fertilizer and pesticide intake and reduce stress on soil, it is essential for planters to shift to integrated nutrient management (INM) to ensure sustained productivity and soil health. Under its Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity (TDIIA), the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), in its effort to promote sustainable agriculture and benefit the small tea growers of the region organized an awareness program at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Dibrugarh, Assam on 14 June 2013 in association with the Directorate of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat. About 119 small tea growers benefitted from the lectures and discussions that took place during the day-long program.

Delegates from AAU, Jorhat; KVK, Dibrugarh; tea growers and entrepreneurs discussed the issues faced by the people involved in tea cultivation. With all the segments of the value chain under the same roof, the experts discussed several topics on sustainable tea production and cultivation. The delegates underlined the modes of enhancing tea production with minimum negative impact on natural resources. Some of the topics of discussion included

  • benefits of crop diversification in tea plantation and ways of making it a profitable venture for rural youth
  • commercialization of multi-storied cropping system in tea for higher economic return
  • importance and proper approaches to organic tea cultivation and pest management
  • Integrated Crop Management in tea with special reference to scientific methods of pruning and plucking
  • Integrated Pest Management through various cultural operations in tea and the health hazard due to higher amount of pesticide application
  • scientific methods of tea cultivation and income enhancement

Experts in the program included Dr. H. K. Bhattacharyya, Program Coordinator, KVK, Dibrugarh; Dr. M. Neog, ADEE, AAU; Dr. S. Damodaran, Program Coordinator, AIP; Dr. A. C. Borborah, Chief Scientist, CRS, Tinsukia; Mr. P. Bordoloi, Sr. Tea Consultant, Dibrugarh; Mr. Diganta Borah, SMS, KVK, Tinsukia; Ms. Aditi Smith Gogoi, SMS, KVK, Dibrugarh.

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