Union demands eviction drive in totality
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: While appreciating the eviction drive carried out in Pasighat township, the Adi Students’ Union, Itanagar said that eviction drive should be carried out in whole of the Pasighat Township.
The eviction drive was done for proper development process of the town but why the administration didn’t start the eviction from the main town where many government land and quarters have been illegally grabbed by politicians, officers and business men, it questioned.
Instead of carrying out eviction drive in prime location, administration evicted many houses in the periphery of the main town, the union said. This indicated that the administration is using its power under pressure of some local people, it said.
The union appealed to the East Siang District Deputy Commissioner to maintain fair eviction drive and treat all people equally.
It also condemned the participation of local people in the eviction drive and opposed the transfer of DC in the midst of eviction drive.
Library orientation prog. in RGU
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The central library of Rajiv Gandhi University conducted an orientation programme on “Use of Library” to the newcomers in the academic disciplines.
During the two days event which concluded today, Professor H L Das, Visiting Professor, Department of Physics spoke on the significance and strength of the library highlighting its proper use.
Assistant Librarian, Dr, D K Pandey stressed on the use of online access of library materials and stored print materials to the new students. He also advised them for its optimum use and proper care.
The Senior Professional Assistant Bhaskar Saikia pointed out on the technicalities of library activities on behalf of the entire staff.
Faculty members of various departments such as M.Soura, A.R. Parhi, M.Hazam, P K Acharya also attended the programme.
‘Follow transfer and posting norms’
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The All Arunachal Youngster United Federation has requested the
state government to transfer those gazette officers of various departments who have
served for over 2-
Citing the example of overstaying by the officers in particular place, the Federation said the PWD Captial division B executive engineer and the capital electrical division EE have already served 10 and seven years respectively in their present posting place.
Meritorious students felicitated
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Gyamar Welfare Society has felicitated the meritorious students
of Gyamar clan for the academic session 2010-
The meritorious students who were felicitated included Gyamar Kaku, Class XII (Sc) and Gyamar Nikum, Gyamar Tadap, Gyamar Chungku, and Gyamar Tatup (all class X).
Appreciating the excellent performance of these youngsters, the elders of the society asked them to work harder to achieve their goal. While congratulating the achievers, Gyamar Kuba, a social workers and chairman of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Nyapin has announced to contribute Rs 5,000 each to the student of Gyamar clan who will be pursuing technical/professional course from this year as well as for coming year.
Engage experienced sub-
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: All Pipu Chayang Tajo Gawe Purang Sawa Students Union (APCGSSU)
has urged upon the M/s Gammon India Ltd to engage experienced and skillful sub-
Alleging that inexperienced sub-
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 9: The North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEDFi) Itanagar branch, celebrated its “Incorporation Day” here today by conducting Wall Paintings to convey the message of the negative impacts of Global Warming and also on legal and social awareness.
The event was participated by Ramakrishna Pubic, School, Itanagar, Green Mount School,
Itanagar and Kendriya Vidyalaya -
The school children painted on the walls of RGU Stadium on the theme of global warming and legal /social awareness.
NEDFi, the premier public financial Institution, was created by the Govt. of India in the year 1995 and since then it has been celebrating its “Incorporation Day” every year by conducting social activities under its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy (CSR). DIPRO.
KVK Lohit distributes 300 duckling to 52 fish farmers
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit distributed 300 ducklings among
52 fish farmers of 12 different villages during this year. The villages include Eraloni,
Silatoo, Piyong, Momong, Nanam Khamyang-
The ducklings were distributed under the guidance of Dr. Debasis Sasmal, SMS, Fishery Sc., and supervision of Dr. Prasanta Kumar Mallick, Programme Coorditator, KVK, Lohit and Dr. J. Rajkhowa, SMS, Animal Sc. with an objective to implement the new integrated ‘duck cum fish culture’ and to secure the livelihood of rural people living in the disadvantaged regions by improving the economic condition.
ACF prays for Sonia Gandhi
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Christian community of Arunachal Pradesh today offered prayer for speedy recovery of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi who was recuperating after surgery at hospital in America.
Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) organized a prayer meeting at the town Baptist Church, Chandranagar here today to pray for speedy recovery of Sonia Gandhi. The prayer meet led by Pastors R T Bate, Town Baptist Church (TBC), Chandranagar and Associate Pastor Toko Bath, Christian Revival Church (CRC), Itanagar was attended by prayer warriors of various Churches. They prayed to Almighty God to extend His healing touch to Sonia so that she returns to active life to work for peace and prosperity of the country. The blessing was given by prayer leader T C Jamik. Among others, ACF adviser and former home minister Neelam Taram and renowned revival preacher Dr Joram Dol were present in the prayer meet.
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The final match of the IXth Taba Tat Memorial Women Volleyball tournament will be held at Yazali on August 10.
ZPM pleads for early restoration of road link
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Pakke-
The ZPM in a release today said that though the road clearance works in between Doimukh
and Kheel and Sagalee areas upto East Kameng border are going on, the road between
The ZPM also appealed to the all five MLAs of the East Kameng district to attach
due importance to Seppa-
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Apatani Youth Association (AYA) mourned the sudden and untimely death of Bullo Loder, Assistant Social Service Secy of the association.
He left behind his wife and two sons.
AYA conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of departure soul.
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union in a letter to Director Cum
Chief Engineer, Urban Development appealed for engagement of semi skilled labours
to skilled labourers, release of wages of labourers within first week of every month
and immediate payment of labourers bonus of 2009-
It further taking serious note over the sanitation laboureres’ health grievances urged the director to take up precaution measures by providing raincoat, safety helmet, hand gloves, mask, jumbo shoes, umbrella, basket, brooms, periodical TT injection etc to UD department labours and also opposed the one day break of casual labour in the UD department.
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Area-
Rev. Nabum Sangno and Evan. Nampung Gyadi would attend the programme as speakers while Evan. Jackey Tayeng and Evan Sanjay Labung are the chairmen of the programme and the praise and worship will lead by Roshan Pordung.
One dies, four injure as wall collapses
Daporijo: An 18-
The injured persons are admitted to district hospital, Daporijo for treatment.
A rescue team comprising civil police, APPBn, CRPF,GREF personnel and local public conducted the rescue operation which continued till 3 pm..
A case has been registered for investigation.
Error in census record regretted
ITANAGAR: The director of Census Operations, Arunachal Pradesh has highly regretted the inadvertent mistake that has been detected at para 5 and 7 of state highlights of Census of India 2011 publication, provisional population totals (paper 1) of Arunachal Pradesh wherein the word Tangins has appeared in stead of Tagin.
The correct nomenclature should be Tagin, the director admitted while stating that
the mistake has occurred due to electrical error while printing for publication.
The director Hage Batt said necessary steps have been taken now to correct the error
and selling of books has been stopped forthwith. It will also be ensured that no
error or mistake occurs while printing books for the final publication of Census
Forum demands posting of lecturers
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum highlighting the grievances of students, appealed to the state government for posting of lecturers in various departments at Donyi Polo Government College, Kamki and Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat immediately.
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: “With a significant wide range of fish resources ranging from Alpine varieties to tropical ones in the lower altitudes, Arunachal Pradesh has the capability of emerging as a “Sunrise Sector” through fisheries in the state’s economy”, asserted State Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin while inaugurating the two days State Review Meeting on fisheries developmental Programmes here at Banquet Hall today.
With a deficit of 10,000 tonnes in fish production against a demand of 13000 tonnes, Gamlin emphasized for urgently promoting fisheries as an alternate source of livelihood, especially for youths.
Impressed with the way the department of Fisheries has been attempting to bring fisheries
to the fore-
“Media must be used extensively to achieve this and we need a change in mindset for the fisheries department to fully utilize its hidden potential”, Gamlin emphatically said.
While Gamlin maintained that in order to create employment opportunities, fisheries are an excellent way of bringing opportunities to the doorsteps of the people. He advocated for bringing out fisheries revolution where the consumption requirements of fish are produced within the state and not procured from farms in far off states.
He called for promoting Fisheries cooperatives, as cooperatives ensure that the dividends are spread across a larger beneficiary base. He categorically requested the Cooperative bodies to support the department in this field.
Gamlin further stressed on the need to promote fisheries entrepreneurship amongst the local youths by giving them access to technology and to markets besides paving way for farm side research on better breeding techniques to the fish farmers to promote this viable industry.
Minister of Industries and Fisheries Tako Dabi disclosed that the state with abundant scope of fisheries development would put in renewed thrust in the current year for massive pisciculture development.
“Apart from enhancing the capacity to build up entrepreneurship for large scale fish farming, fish breeding, integrated fish farming through PPP mode for reservoir fisheries activity, the department plans to identify entrepreneurs for setting up of small industries for fabrication of boats, nets, fish feed mill, retail hygienic markets as well as retail shops for value added fish products” , Dabi revealed in the meeting.
The minister however highlighted certain bottlenecks in sustainable use of natural
resources like rampant exploitation of river borne resources like boulders, sands,
shingles etc. which badly affects the fish breeding habitats. He urged the government
to sort out means to provide funds for rehabilitation of breeding habitats. Dabi
further urged the government to include fisheries department in the management plan
committee of Environment Assessment Impact Management Plan for Hydro Power Projects
coming up in the state. He also requested for de-
Dabi called upon the officers of the department to work and put their efforts in missionary zeal to make the pisciculture a leading economic plan of the state.
Fisheries Secretary Kaling Tayeng and Director Fisheries also spoke on the occasion.
Among others, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Tourism and WRD Minister Pema Khandu, Secretaries, Head of Departments, MDs of Cooperative institutions, DFDOS and fisheries officers were present on the occasion.
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Pradesh, Ninong Ering has raised the issue of stapled visa in the Parliament under rule 377 today. He said that the issue should be solved once for all as this issue always comes up when the citizens of Arunachal Pradesh wish to travel to China.
The Stapled Visa issue hit Arunachal Pradesh when the China-
“Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and the dual attitude of the Chinese Embassy to the citizen of Arunachal Pradesh is vehemently opposed,” Ering said.
Meanwhile, Ering along with a delegation of Parliamentarians led by Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology met the President of India to apprise her of the “malnutrition” problem in the country.
He also invited the President of India and her family to visit Arunachal Pradesh and its peace loving people.
Earlier, the External Affairs Minister, in a letter to Ering on August 1, had said that issue of stapled visa has been referred to concerned ministry for investigation.
Ering in its letter to Krishna on August 23, had requested the concerned union ministry saying that “Chinese authority must be suitably and clearly told that all the Arunachaiee people are the Indian nationals and their visas once considered should be stamped and not stapled and this issue should be sorted out once for all.”
ROING, Aug 9: Fifteen armed gunmen attacked a GREF Maruti Gypsy, conveying monthly disbursement of Rs 25.3 lakhs for Casual Paid Labour (CPL) payment for the month of July, here today morning.
They forced the occupants Officer Commanding (OC) of the 62 RCC (GREF), Nagendra Kumar along with his two army guards M Senthil Kumar and Digvijay Kathare, and the driver to vacate the vehicle at the gun point.
Kumar said the armed robbers struck at 8.30 am on Roing-
Recounting the ordeal, he said when the driver stepped outside to clear the blockage, the armed robbers appeared from bushes.
He said most of the gang members were armed with AK 47 and AK 56 with two person carrying pistol.
He recalled the armed members as young, appeared non locals and few of them had covered their face.
“We were told to come out of the Gypsy. They took away our mobiles. When the guards tried to resist, they were hit by rifle butts and soon overpowered by them,” Kumar narrated.
He said the robbers took them away in the bush, and tied him and the driver in one tree and the two guards in another tree.
He said one armed member then looked in his pockets for the key of the black steel
box that contained CPL payment money and then they looted away the money, including
a laptop and money bags. They then drove away in their Maruti Gypsy BA no-
Upon reaching back at the camp, he said, the police and the administration were soon informed about the attack.
Meanwhile, at around 5 pm, report came in that the GREF Gypsy is found near Koronu, 22 km far from Roing.
The armed robbers also took away two INSAS rifles (BUTT no 02, body no-
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu accompanied by Sagalee
ADC Chukhu Talar and engineers of various PWD sub-
The DC inspected the major block points upto 18 km point from Doimukh.
As per the reports from the EE PWD, there are more than 200 spots along the road from Kheel to Doimukh where massive landslides have made the road unusable. The road clearance work would likely to take around two weeks, the .DC said and expressed satisfaction over the prompt action taken by Dube Dulom,EE PWD.
The Executive Engineer and his entire team is camping at 10 mile point and monitoring the progress of the restoration work with a total of 8 bulldozers/JCBs, he said.
It has also been reported that the alternate road from Sagalee-
The unprecedented rainfall on the night of August 4 has caused massive landslides
causing blockages along various stretches of Doimukh-
The District Administration appealed to the general public and commuters to bear with the situation and allow the PWD to carry out the restoration works smoothly.
The DC also requested the commuters to use the alternate road via Pitapool.In case of an emergency. The matter for airlifting essential food items to Sagalee has already been discussed with Secretary (Civil Supplies) who has assured to take up the matter at the right earnest, the DC informed.
The DC has requested the various organizations to lend a helping hand to the administration and the PWD engineers as and when asked for in this hour of crisis.
He further instructed all the administrative officers to be at their respective headquarters and celebrate the Independence Day in a befitting manner.
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Expressing concern over the morass and confusing situation that has been prevailing in the state for the last few months, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh today requested the state Governor to intervene and direct the state government and its council of minister and Parliamentary Secretaries to look into the people’s grievances and discharge their constitutional obligations.
Stating that, BJP, despite being the only opposition party in the state, is always ready to cooperate in the development initiative of the state Govt in the larger interest, the party general secretary and spokesperson Tai Tagak in a release today said after the devastating rain of July 19 and Aug 5 last, the people of the state are in dire need of their leaders to rescue them from unprecedented nature’ fury.
The party advocated that there should be separate PWD Highway Division to man the Banderdewa to Hologi NH 52 A.
Pointing out the absence of ministers, MLAs from the state capital, who are reportedly campaign in New Delhi, the BJP said that the present government can not escape from the constitutional obligations and responsibilities to its peoples. The people of the state would like to know the name of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries who have been camping in Delhi. Whether there are any major issues of state interest which compel them to go to Delhi? Why the state Chief Minister can not direct them to take care of the people when people are facing the brunt of natural calamities caused due to heavy rains? the BJP questioned.
Criticizing the Congress high command, the party also said “It seems that Congress High command also is least interested to solve the problems of Arunachal Pradesh by remaining mute spectator and whereas in the elections time they promises that their elected leaders will be always for the aam amdi(Common Men).”
Blaming the state Govt for its inaction to amicably resolve the issues raised by the different aggrieved groups in different issues, the party said that the common men have to suffer due to lackadaisical attitude of the state govt. towards solution to the issues.
“It is high time the state government and its senior leaders pull up their socks and initiate effective and pragmatic steps to assuage the sufferings of the people without any further delay,” the party said.
However, the party appreciated the Home Minister’s maiden visit to Tirap as a good beginning.
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Alert Changlang Police arrested four burglers in connection with two different theft cases and recovered 14 mobile handsets (old & new) with accessories worth Rs. 74,823.
Three burglers, namely, Jawan Wangsu, Anil Rai alias Dussherath, Roney Kungkho were arrested by police on August 7 in connection with Changlang PS case no 32/2011 U/S 457/380 IPC, according to Police.
A team of Changlang Police under the constant supervision of SP T Amo, and leadership of Inspector T Tangha, OC and ASI P Nath swung into investigation immediately after they received a written complaint from the owner of an electronics shop at TT Point, Changlang market that some miscreants stolen mobile handsets along with accessories by breaking the doors.
The instruments -
The iron rod and ‘chini’ being the only clue, police immediately contacted with
the blacksmith at 1-
Police also arrested another burglar Birsa Tati, 23, of Laktong village on August 7 in connection with Changlang PS Case No. 34/2011 u/s 447/380 IPC and recovered two mobile phones from his possession.
On interrogation, he also confessed his involvement in several burglary cases including
the last year’s theft case in the shop of one Gautom Bhowmik of PWD complex where
in they had stolen shop items worth Rs. 77,000 (Case No. 38/2010 dtd 28/08/2010 u/s
457/380), IMFL stolen case from a wine shop located at PWD Complex (Case No. 13/2011
dtd 09/03/2011 u/s 457/380 IPC) and the case of stealing grinder mixture, pressure
cookers, long pant from a quarter of a teacher in BN colony near 1-
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Arunachalee designer Yana Ngoba mesmerized audience by displaying Arunachalee traditional costumes with never seen, highly expensive and traditional ornaments at a unique fashion show organized at New Delhi on August 7.
This time the organizer showcased and promoted Arunachal Pradesh, the land of rising sun, its culture, its heritage, its flora and fauna and the Arunachalee traditional costumes along with their fusion contrast.
Informing about the unusual collection Yana Ngoba, the designer said the dresses were given a twist with the use of mineral water bottles, polythenes, tobacco and noodle wrappers and beer bottle caps.
While displaying her collection Ngoba said "We have collected some tobacco packets and we have made a bag out of it to carry in daily life you can use it. The clothes you have seen with the Maggi (noodles) packets and clothes with mineral water bottles, plastics and we have made a bag and dress with the sequins made out of caps of drinks bottles. We have also made shoes out of plastics and papers," Ngoba added.
The collection titled 'Yanaraj Desizns' was designed by the designer duo of Yana Nagoba and Raj Singh.
Apart from the recycled collection, clothing line including fusion of western designs with the tribal outfits was also displayed at the fashion show.
An audio image presentation displaying the unexplored paradise-
The programme was attended by MP Takam Sanjoy as the chief guest and Maninder Singh, Commissioner Raj Bhavan, Assam as guest of honor.
Officials of Arunachal House and Arunachal Bhavan too went nostalgic at the event.
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee today observed the 69th anniversary of August Kranti Diwas/Bharat Chhodo Andolan/Quit India movement in a simple function held at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.
Participating at the programme as resource person, Dr R B Tripathi of Dera Natung Govt College presented a brief historical background of Quit India movement which leads to national independence. The Congress Working Committee demanded British to quit India on July 14, 1942 and subsequently the AICC endorsed a resolution on August 8, 1942 and under the leadership of Gandhiji Congress started the Quit India movement, he said.
The Quit India movement was crucial in securing India’s independence and it sounded the death knell for the British Raj in India. The Quit India movement could be described as the pinnacle of the India’s Freedom struggle, the resource person said.
We should draw inspiration and encouragement from the sacrifice made by our freedom
fighters and try to adopt them in our day-
Special invitee from DNGC, Dr Apurva Ranjan dwelt at length about the achievement of Indian National Congress and its contribution in nation building. He said political independence without economic freedom has no meaning.
Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee president Yari Dulom recalled the contribution of women leaders in freedom struggle. She appealed to the central leaders to consider women reservation bill to be passed in the on going parliament session.
The function presided over senior Congress leader and APCC executive member Tasso Grayu was attended by Environment and Forest Minister Setong Sena, MLA and Parliamentary secretary, information technology and science and technology Thangwang Wangham, APCC office bearers, DCC presidents of Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey and Upper Subansiri districts, women ZPMs from Itanagar, Kimin and Upper Balijan besides office bearers of NSUI, APMCC, CMCC, AIRGVM and APCSD.
Earlier, APCC general secretary Byabang Nukh delivered his welcome address while APCC general secretary Tachu Hina extended vote of thanks.
Arunachal Pradesh Congess Seva Dal (APCSD) also celebrated the Kranti Diwas at Indira Gandhi Congress Bhawan, Naharlagun in a befitting manner. All the office bearers including Seva Dal cadres from the district and city units took part in the programme.
Kranti diwas was also observed in Palin circle with various programmes including Prabhat Pherry. Literary competitions and a debate competition on the topic “Scientific development is a boon or curse for human kind” was organized by the principal of Govt Hr Secondary school along with Town ME school, Palin under the supervision of administrative officers, Palin. Prizes were also distributed among the student winners.
KHONSA, Aug 9: The meeting of the DUD.A governing body was convened under the chairmanship of Tirap deputy commissioner cum DUDA chairman W. Lowang today.
R. Mihu, Urban Programme Officer, Khonsa Sub-
He further sought clarification from the Manager, Apex Bank, Khonsa branch regarding the Bank loan component from the bank.
The Apex Bank manager H B Chetri assured that his bank would extend every possible help regarding subsidy schemes.
The DC asserted that the latest BPL survey should be conducted in order to identify genuine beneficiaries. After having a threadbare discussions over the various issues regarding project proposals and implementation of the schemes the meeting agreed to take up the schemes under the SJSRY.
ADC Longding, N. Wangsu said that solid waste management of Longding township should be initiated at the earliest.
Er. Nich Jacob, UPO Longding stressed that the empanelment of reputed technical institutions
( like NERIST/NIT/Govt. Polytechnic/I.T.I’s ) be taken up by the State nodal agency
(SUDA) for imparting training under STEP-
The meeting was also attended by members and representatives of various departments including D.P.O Khonsa, A.E RWD, E.E PWD, AUPOs etc. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The 138 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) established a modern computer laboratory by providing two sets of latest computer and accessories, including table and chairs under its Civic Action Programmes in Upper Subansiri district at Govt. Bazar middle school, Daporijo under its Civic Action Programme today.
This laboratory has been established for the benefit of poor students situated in
remote and fur-
Speaking on the occasion, Bhupendra Kumar, Commandant 138 Bn, CRPF informed about
the aim and objective of the programme. He said that the para military force is regularly
organizing such developmental activities under this programme in its areas of operation
with the aim to win the hearts of local people as well as improve police-
He informed that 138 Bn, CRPF organized various programmes earlier this year under
the programme, such as tailoring training by providing sewing machines to the needy
ladies of remote area, workshop-
G. Ete, Addl. District Commissioner, Daporijo assured that the computer laboratory would be utilized properly and all efforts will be made to make students of remote area familiarize with modern computer knowledge.
On this occasion, G. Ete, Addl. District Commissioner, Daporijo, Dr. D. Bagra, Distt.
Medical Officer, O. Ponar, DDSE, Upper Subansiri, Kolu Haging, Zila Parishad Member,
N. Kodak, Principal Govt. Bazar Middle School, Daporijo, Dr. S Ragia, MO, Distt Hospital,
Daporijo, R.K. Deori, OC PS-
In West Bengal and Assam, and other northeastern states, it is not a widely known
fact, but 25 per cent of the total tea produced is produced by small growers. Their
contribution to the total national tea production is 14 per cent. Very few of these
small growers are officially registered with the Tea Board. In Assam and West Bengal,
a grower with a tea plantation of 10 hectares (ha, 75 bighas) or less is classified
as a small grower by the government. In the case of the small growers of the northeast,
garden sizes vary widely and their modus operandi also differ. Roughly speaking,
there are three categories those with 5-
A downturn in the tea industry, which began in 1999, has hit this class of tea producers the hardest. This has been caused by various factors, chiefly international competition, aggressive marketing by soft drinks companies and high cost of production. European buyers have gone for Kenyan teas since their cost of production is much lower and Kenyan growers have also shifted to organic production much sooner than Indian growers. Kenya, Sri Lanka and Indonesia have stolen a march over the Indians due to government support both at the production and the marketing stages. The writing on the wall is clear for Indian growers — cut down costs of production, go organic, follow good management practices or go down the tube.
By looking at the numbers, what does it cost today to start a small, viable tea garden
in the northeast right from scratch? In Assam, at Rs 2 lakh per ha for land and Rs
1 lakh per ha for a tea plantation, a 10-
For small growers, conversion to organic production may seem highly desirable but the ground reality is somewhat different. The lack of adequate resources, training and manpower has kept the majority of small growers bound to chemical agriculture. Many wish to break out of this vicious circle. Organic is viable because it reduces input costs, and improves the quality of green leaf and makes it more acceptable in foreign markets.
Farmers can hope to make a profit by switching. Tea planters with education and information are keyed in to the benefits of organic farming and have made a switchover or are in the process of conversion. They constitute less than one per cent of the small growers, though.
In organic certification, one big hurdle is that organic certification by a recognised agency costs money and requires a mandatory waiting period of three years before the certificate is given. Very few growers have the luxury of going through this tedious process. The owner of the Bogamati tea estate in the Karbi Anglong hills of Assam was certified by Skal, the organic products certification body of the Netherlands. It took two years and Rs 30,000. The owner got a reprieve of a year since his garden is on virgin land where no chemicals or pesticides of any sort have ever been used.
While engagement of the services of consultants and experts to guide them in the process of organic conversion adopted by the big growers and gardens, for the small grower it is a leap of faith. Only through trial and error do they arrive at satisfactory practices of cultivation.
External organic inputs like purchased cowdung manure, neem oil, neem cake and branded biopesticides are very expensive and their availability in remote areas is poor. Using urea and spraying chemicals works out to be cheaper for most small growers.
For small growers, diversification into related fields is another viable option.
Fabrication of machinery for small tea processing units, import-
Several small growers in Assam and West Bengal, who are essentially paddy farmers do not have ownership rights over the land they cultivate. They are thus deprived of access to bank loans which are essential if they wish to expand, set up their own processing unit or go in for organic certification. In the dooars and the terai area of West Bengal several small pineapple growers had gone in for tea plantation in the 1990s eager to cash in on the boom in the tea industry. However, with the slump of 1999 these small growers were compelled to revert to pineapple growing. Growing tea can be risky.
Another major challenge before the small growers is marketing their teas, who are
processing their own leaf, especially those who are going organic. The rest of the
green leaf is sold to a tea factory. John Marbaniang retails his orthodox tea — high
quality loose tea sought by many connoisseurs — in Shillong and Aizawl. Since production
is limited, finding a market has not been a problem. Owners are planning to go in
for green tea production soon with a tie-
Negotiating a remunerative price for their green leaf with the large tea factories is the biggest problem for the majority of the small tea growers of the northeast. In this context, the small Nepali growers of the Darjeeling hills — about 125 in number have been organised into an NGO called Organic Ekta. They sell their green leaf to the Makaibari tea factory in Kurseong at a fair price. Their combined green leaf production is about 1,000 kg per day. Those processing their own green leaf in small units have to find good buyers or markets for their produce, mostly orthodox or green teas.
For the small growers, processing their own leaf would represent a big step towards
Processing of green leaf
While dealing with the factories they sell their produce to, growers are at a major
disadvantage until self-
About 69 of these process the leaf of small growers in the terai area of West Bengal. CTC tea
— the fine and granular variety that is mostly consumed — is produced by these factories
in Assam and West Bengal. Since a capital investment of around Rs 50 lakh is required
for setting up a tea processing factory, these units are totally profit-
With future plans for producing green tea, this unit is processing about 120 kg of green leaf per day and fine quality orthodox tea. There are about 30 such small processing units in Assam. John Marbaniang — with his 3.6 ha tea plantation — produces about 1,000 kg of orthodox tea per year.
Even the best of gardens have to be sensitive to issues of labour management. Since the tea industry is labour intensive, good management practices play a big role in the recruitment and retention of labour. In West Bengal and Assam the tea tribes have dominated the scene ever since they were brought to the tea gardens by British planters. There are more problems in the other states of the northeast. In Meghalaya, outside labour is prohibited by law and by local sentiment. Local labour is expensive and erratic but the small growers have little choice in the matter. In Arunachal there is a shortage of tea garden labour since it is difficult to persuade the tea tribes to come and work in the gardens in this region.
In Maharashtra, these small tea growers are certainly better off than the cotton tomato and orange farmers who have been committing suicide in droves. They are perhaps on the brink of a major shift in cultivation practices with an emerging awareness about the benefits of going totally organic. (The writer is a STO, scholar(Botany), specialized in Tea Husbandry and technology sponsored by TEA BOARD OF INDIA and former tea consultant to the state planning department govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.)
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of the prized animal of Arunachal Pradesh -
Consultant,N I R D
Prevention is better than cure
I would like to draw the attention of concerned authority particularly health department towards a prevailing serious health threat being confronted by the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
The common people of our State might not be knowing or heard about ‘Japanese Encephalitis’,
a serious viral disease that infects animals and humans transmitted by mosquitoes
which causes inflammation of the membranes around the brain, is reportedly spreading
in our neighboring State Assam and now it reached in our State specially in the areas
along the Assam-
According to the official sources till July 30, more than 140 Encephalitis related
deaths have been informed and more than 600 people are suffering in Assam. There
are few severe cases of Encephalitis infected among Arunachalees (5-
However, our State govt particularly the health department seems to be unaware of the threat as no preventive measures have been taken so far to combat the disease whereas the Meghalaya govt has already sounded high alert in the State and directed concerned department to take immediate measures to fight against the disease even though the State has not detected a single person. Why is our State govt not taking any measure here? Are they waiting for a few more detections or they are really unaware of the threat? The department concerned and other related organizations need to take immediate step to completely put off the chances of spreading of disease as it spreads very quickly by virtue of being a serious communicable disease and the present condition too may favor its.
Therefore, my humble request to the govt particularly concerned health department
to take immediate steps and precautionary measures before it is too late. Also, the
people living along Assam-
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