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Paris pat for Siliguri tea firm

Athena Minami receives the award on behalf of Lochan Tea Limited in Paris

Siliguri: A Siliguri tea firm has bagged an award in a Paris contest with its Darjeeling Tea picked the winner from an assortment of worldwide contenders.

Lochan Tea's Giddapahar Spring Wonder drew rich pickings at the first edition of the "Teas of the World" International Contest, becoming the only Indian company among winners in various tea categories.

The contest was organised by Agence pour la Valoriasation des Produits Agricoles (Agency for the Valorisation of Agriculural Products orAVPA), and the awards were handed out in Paris on July 10.

"We were the sole Indian company that won an award in the contest. Some other varieties of Darjeeling teas were also put up at the event but those were by foreign importers," said Rajeev Lochan of Lochan Tea.

Lochan had sent the samples from Giddapahar, a garden near Kurseong.

"It is called the Giddapahar Spring Wonder, one of the finest first flush muscatels. We have informed Sudhangshu Shaw, the garden owner, about the achievement," Lochan said. The AVPA is a France NGO working in the field of agriculture.

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