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Push to speciality teas at conclave

Guwahati: The Federation of All India Tea Traders' Association (FAITTA), the apex body of tea traders in the country, has agreed to promote and support speciality tea from the Northeast.

It was speciality tea time at the North East Tea Conclave and Expo 2017, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Saturday, which witnessed largescale participation of small tea growers and organised sector from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Mizoram.

There was a panel of four eminent judges - Raj Barooah, Shiv Saria, Parag Hatibarua and Bharat Arya. Local and upcountry buyers too were present in good number.

Chairman of the FAITTA, Bharat Arya, said it would promote and support selling of speciality teas of this region.

The chairman of the organising committee of the conclave and expo, Bidyananda Barkakoty, hailed the announcement of Arya and assured to communicate with the association in facilitating the speciality tea sector.

More than 100 small tea growers in Assam are already engaged in making speciality teas. These teas had fetched record prices at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre.

Chairman of the Tea Board and Tea Research Association, Prabhat Bezbaruah, said: "Assam teas have the highest polyphenol content in the world. Speciality teas of Assam have the potential to capture the world market bearing its health benefits."

The winners of the speciality tea contest are Barpathar Tea Estate in white tea, Donyi Polo in orthodox black, Basundhara in oolong tea, Mizo Tea in green tea and Barnsbeg in purple tea.

Barooah of Aideobarie Tea Garden on Saturday said: "The enthusiasm shown by the participants - ranging from Nepal to all tea-growing states of the Northeast - was very encouraging."

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