Pact for tea research

The Tea Research Association, Tocklai, has signed a memorandum of understanding with University of California Davis for tea research.

By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Guwahati
  • Published 11.12.17
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Tocklai Research Centre

Guwahati: The Tea Research Association, Tocklai, has signed a memorandum of understanding with University of California Davis for tea research.

The MoU, which was signed recently, intends to initiate broad collaboration between the association and the university through the Global Tea Initiative.

J. Gervay-Hague of UC Davis had visited Tocklai from December 7 to 9. The detailed working agreement will be formulated in February.

UC Davis launched the initiative last year to bring its premier research in agriculture, health, science, humanities and social science to the study of tea. The university is ranked second in the world in agricultural research, on which its outlay so far is $800 million (Rs 5,400 crore).

"The project is driven by the long history and cultural importance of tea beginning in Asia and spreading to almost every continent in the world; the dearth of tea-related scholarship in most disciplines; our campus's wide-ranging expertise in the humanities and social sciences, which we bring to bear on tea in Asia, Africa and the Americas," it said in a statement.

Tea Board of India chairman P.K. Bezboruah, who is also the TRA chairman, said the institutes will partner in tea research, with emphasis on agronomy including mechanisation, biochemistry, including process parameter monitoring and isolation of bioactive and flavouraste components and research on tea components and human health to legally substantiate health claims. Sources said the collaboration project was initiated by Sudhir Prakash, co-chairman, scientific advisory committee and former TRA chairman, during his visit to UC Davis in July.