| The manager’s office at Cinnamara tea estate. Telegraph picture |
Jorhat, Sept. 13: The ailing Assam Tea Corporation Limited has something to cheer about: the tea being produced in one of its gardens, Cinnamara tea estate in Jorhat, figures among the top five gardens in the state.
Its tea has fetched the best CTC (crush tear curl) prices (Churamoni dust grade) every month at Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC), since May this year.
The feat of the garden, which was set up by the first Assamese tea planter Maniram Dewan over 150 years ago, is all the more laudable because it was on the sick list. The ATCL, with the state government’s aid, then undertook the revival scheme for all its 15 estates across the state in 2005, ATCL sources said.
Praise has flown in thick and fast for the feat.
Dewan’s great grandson Aroon Chandra Barooah wrote a congratulatory letter to the garden management, on behalf of the Maniram Dewan Memorial Trust.
“On behalf of the members of the Trust, I take the pleasure to convey our thankfulness to the garden authorities and management for the painstaking efforts taken to restore the reputation of Cinnamara TE,” Barooah wrote.
Harish Sonowal, the vice-chairman-cum-managing director of the ATCL, told The Telegraph today that Cinnamara garden’s feat was a “very positive” development.
“Cinnamara being able to compete with the top gardens of the state is a very good example for the other ATCL gardens to follow. Sincere effort by the employees and the management helped the garden attain the feat,” Sonowal said.
Cinnamara’s senior manager N. Debgoswami told this correspondent that the garden price had soared up to Rs 240 per kg in the GTAC sale 27 (July 2-3) and was in fourth position in the sale in which Mahalaxmi garden took pole position fetching Rs 261 per kg.
In the last two weekly sales at the GTAC sale 36 (September 3-4) and sale 37 (September 10-11), Cinnamara tea has occupied second position by fetching Rs 230 per kg.
In sale 36 and 37, the number one position went to Halmari tea estate (Rs 256 per kg) and Matiapahar tea estate (Rs 235 per kg).
“We missed the first position by Rs 5 in this week’s sale (sale 37),” Debgoswami said.
Cinnamara garden has a total plantation area of 746 hectares, including two out-divisions, Hatigarh and Murmuria.
In 2012, the garden factory produced 4.82 lakh kg of made tea from its own green leaf and produced 5.01 lakh kg of made tea from green leaf supplied from other ATCL gardens.
Debgoswami said since last year, the garden has been carrying out dairy farming on a small scale by supplying 40 litres of milk per day to nearby consumers by rearing seven milch cows.