Centre vows aid to TRA

 The Union ministry of commerce has assured the Tea Research Association (TRA) that it would look into its financial needs.

By A STAFF REPORTER in Guwahati
  • Published 25.09.15
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Guwahati, Sept. 24: The Union ministry of commerce has assured the Tea Research Association (TRA) that it would look into its financial needs.

Speaking at the 51st annual general meeting of the association today in Calcutta, R. Rashmi, additional secretary, commerce ministry said the Centre was fully committed to the development of research and stated that he would look into the financial requirements of the association.

He said it was time to "corporatise" the structure of the association and make it incentive driven.

One tea seed stock variety named TSS 1 was released after a long time.

Highlighting the research of the association, its chairman A.N. Singh said the association was going through financial hardship because of non release of funds by the Centre.

He said the association along with Southampton University have initiated a project on climate-smartening tea plantation landscapes.

The association is one of the 50 institutions selected worldwide by Nasa under its SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) mission.

Former CSIR director-general P.S. Ahuja said the association is the mother of all research being done on tea across the world and it should keep its pre-eminent position. Ahuja, who was the guest of honour at the programme, proposed that an international tea genetic resource centre should be set up at Tocklai.

The association was formed in 1964 with Tocklai in Jorhat district as the centre of all activities to expand the horizon of tea research in the Northeast.