Posted by: Sujoy Das | March 11, 2013

Drought in the Barak Valley of Assam

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Shortage of rainfall hits Barak tea industry

Correspondent
HAILAKANDI, March 10 – The tea industry of Barak Valley is facing serious problems due to the shortage of rainfall during the last few months. The owners of various tea gardensof the valley have expressed serious concern over this.

It can be mentioned here that three districts of Barak Valley have 104 tea gardens. In a statement, the assistant secretary of Tea Association of India (TAI), Saradindu Bhattacharjee said that the collection of tea leaves has stopped and it would curtail the production of tea in the current year.

The irrigation systems in the tea gardens have also become inactive due to the acute shortage of power supply. Due to the shortage of water the tea leaves are getting dried and the garden workers are yet to start the plucking of leaves, he said. He said that more than two lakh employees are totally dependent on the tea industry and if the drought-like situation continues then the future of this industry in Barak Valley would face a serious jolt. He further said that the process of spraying of insecticides has also been disrupted due to the shortage of rainfall.

On behalf of the management of all the tea gardens, TAI has appealed to the Government to come forward for the rehabilitation of tea industry on this critical juncture of drought-like situation.

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