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Tripura: LF era failed to utilize tea plantation lands optimally, CAG report says

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Agartala, September 09, 2019: The Audit Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for 2017- 18 focused on reasons behind low production of tea in Tripura during previous Left Front Government.

After the BJP Govt came to power, the Tripura Tea Development Corporation Ltd (TTDCL) has adopted multi-prone strategies in an attempt to revive the century old Tea industry of the State. The CAG Audit Report for 2017- 18 pointed out some weak points of erstwhile TTDCL for the period between 2013-14 to 2017 and mentioned reasons behind low production.

The report said, “The Company could not utilize the available land for plantation purpose and 37 percent land remained unutilized, which was the primary cause of low production”. The CAG report also mentioned, “Capacity expansion of the Tea Processing Factory was not in synchronisation with the production of green leaves, which resulted in idling of installed capacity of the factory ranging from 35 to 71 per cent. The Company created nurseries without getting confirmed orders from the Government resulting in loss of viability of the investment.”

After BJP-led Government assumed power, TTDCL set its target to revamp the Tea sector by adopting aggressive marketing strategies along with proper expansion plans.  The TTDCL has already prepared plans to optimize land utilization and expansion of plantation in bordering areas. Lands – on the other side of the border fencing – will also be brought under tea cultivation. This will benefit small tea growers.

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